IFP calls for circumcision monitoring

2016-05-11 20:00
(Dita Alangkara, AP)

(Dita Alangkara, AP)

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Durban – The IFP on Wednesday called on health authorities to appoint a task team to monitor circumcision programmes at KwaZulu-Natal healthcare facilities.

IFP provincial health spokesperson Ncamisile Nkwanyana made the call after a 9-year-old boy in Eshowe lost half of his penis in a botched circumcision at Samungu Clinic recently.

Nkwanyana called on Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo to appoint a task team to monitor circumcisions.

“There must be continuous training for those in charge of performing male circumcision to avoid unnecessary injuries. This leads to medical negligence claims where people sue the department of health for millions of rand. This must come to an end.”

Nkwanyana said the IFP was concerned about money wasted on these claims and the distress caused to people.

“High malpractice rates in the public healthcare system are an alarming sign of incompetence in our healthcare system. For as long as the taxpayer picks up the legal costs, negligence and irresponsible conduct will continue, thereby placing people's lives at risk and incurring more of a financial burden to the department.”

Dhlomo’s spokesperson Desmond Motha said all doctors involved in circumcisions were trained at a male circumcision centre at Northdale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. He said the centre monitored the quality of circumcisions.

Motha said the department had performed more than 630 000 circumcisions since 2010, without any deaths and only two injuries – one of which was the incident relating to the Eshowe youngster.

The Northdale Hospital's centre was dealing with the matter.

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