Banning of Tara Klamp denied

2010-12-10 00:00

A RECENT report that the national Health Department has suspended the use of the Tara Klamp in medical male circumcision are misleading, department spokesperson Phidel Hadebe said yesterday.

A newspaper reported on Tuesday that Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has given instructions to suspend the controversial device used mostly in KwaZulu-Natal in a mass circumcision drive.

He is quoted as saying the device is not be used anywhere in the country following a public outcry about its side-effects.

“The department would like to place it on record that the use of the Tara Klamp as a device to conduct circumcision will continue while investigations are being conducted regarding other possible methods,” said Hadebe.

He said the minister has not given any instruction to discontinue the use of the device.

He said medical male circumcision has been identified as one of the key interventions in the fight against HIV and Aids in South Africa, and studies have shown that it can reduce the risk of infection by up to 60%.

“We acknowledge the concerns of the general public and we are working on ways to come up with solutions,” he said.

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has voiced concerns about the device after a study in Orange Farm found that circumcision with the device had lead to complications such as swelling of the penis among some initiates.

On its website the TAC alleged that profiteering is the motive behind the widespread use of the Tara Klamp and that it is costly compared to surgical circumcision, such as the forceps-guided technique.

“The department is looking at all possible options to come up with measures to prevent the spread of HIV and investigations are ongoing; nothing is left to chance,” Hadebe said.

Local urologist Dr Rupert Rencken declined to comment about the device. He said he has never used it because he believes the conventional forceps method works well.

“I have no experience in it and I don’t think it is used by private practitioners,” said Rencken.




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