E.C circumcision situation a crisis: MEC

By Drum Digital
05 July 2013

The influx of patients with circumcision-related injuries to Eastern Cape hospitals is a crisis, health MEC Sicelo Gqobana told Sapa.

The Eastern Cape Health MEC visited the Mthatha General and St Barnabas hospitals to assess initiates who required medical care.

"He described the situation as a crisis. Overall in the province there are 263 people who are being treated in hospitals for circumcision-related complications," provincial health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo told Sapa.

Gqobana found many of the boys suffered from dehydration, gangrene, and septic wounds. Some had lost their genitals.

Spokesman Kupelo said the doctors and staff at the hospitals told Gqobana they had been "emotionally affected" by the extent of the injuries.

"The doctors and even the workers require counseling."

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