Tara Klamp is just fine, says Dhlomo

2010-11-06 00:00

KWAZULU-Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo yesterday scorned opponents of the use of the Tara Klamp in medical male circumcisions.

Presenting his progress report on the procedure to Premier Zweli Mkhize and King Goodwill Zwelithini at the Durban City Hall yesterday, Dhlomo said it is strange that a particular operation should attract opposition when nothing is said when doctors use other methods to stitch patients’s wounds after surgery.

“This is quite disturbing that people should make such noise about the Tara Klamp. No one is asking why we use sutures and not clips and vice versa when performing operations. This interference should stop and people need to give medical practitioners space to do their jobs,” said Dhlomo.

KZN is home to 21% of South Africa’s population and is leading in the HIV and Aids infection rate. To reduce the infection rate countrywide, the province should lead the way, the MEC said.

Since April,18 000 willing initiates have come forward to be circumcised and 310 of them could not be operated on because they are HIV- positive.

Instead they were counselled and referred for further treatment.

No complications were reported among all the males who were circumcised.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi applauded the KZN Health Department for embarking on the campaign. He said he aims to roll the campaign out throughout the country, adding that nothing should be left to chance in fighting the pandemic.

“We are holding a very scary record with regards to TB-HIV co-infection prevalence. In 22 highly burdened countries, we fall in the top five.

“In 12 countries in the Southern African Development Community we are leading,” said Motsoaledi. He added that 70 000 children in the country are born with HIV every year and for this reason pregnant mothers should know their status within the first three months of pregnancy.

Hospital managers have also been instructed to give anti-retroviral treatment to rape victims and ask questions later.

“Every raped woman must be put on post exposure prophylaxis immediately. The instruction to the managers is to stop asking stupid questions and give the victims treatment and ask questions later,” the minister said.


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