KZN health rejects TAC concerns

2012-08-29 13:08

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Pietermaritzburg - The KwaZulu-Natal health department on Wednesday rejected the Treatment Action Campaign's concerns over a device used to perform male circumcisions.

Since 2010 a total of 175 927 men were circumcised. Of these 35 989 were circumcised using the Tara Klamp (TK) and there had been no adverse events, said provincial Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo.

Dhlomo was addressing the media in Pietermaritzburg after the TAC asked the public protector to investigate the procurement and ongoing use of TK.

TK is a plastic device which is clamped over the foreskin of a man's penis for seven to 10 days until the foreskin falls off.

According to the TAC, sometimes the device had to be surgically removed.

"We can proudly report that using the TK we have observed that there were no deaths, no penile amputations, no permanent erectile dysfunctions and no permanent penile disfigurement," Dhlomo said.

TAC provincial chairperson Patrick Mdletshe said on Thursday that TK was a dangerous device.

"It has specifically not been approved by the World Health Organisation because it failed in the only clinical trial conducted to test its safety," Mdletshe said.

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