Health minister Dr Bernard Haufiku will be back in the theatre on September 19 to circumcise star musician The Dogg – who is ambassador of the ongoing Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) program.
Also referred to as ‘smart cut’ for purposes of this campaign, the initiative aims at encouraging all Namibian men to get circumcised in order to reduce their risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The Dogg, as national ambassador of the Smart Cut Campaign, has been travelling throughout the country to spread the gospel of circumcision.
He had been to Khomas, Zambezi and Oshana regions, giving information at live performances and also doing social mobilisation at tertiary institutions, communities and shopping centres.
At the recent show staged in Oshakati, Minister Haufiku announced that instead of blowing candles on his birthday cake on September 19, he will be circumcising the multi-award winning artist on the day.
“Circumcising The Dogg will be a very important sign to all other men out there who are still making the decision,” Haifiku told those in attendance.
Speaking at the same occasion, The Dogg said: “I feel that I have done my part in giving people information about the benefits of getting a smart cut. Now it’s my turn to lead by example and get it done.”
The artist, who had on numerous occasions said publicly that he lost both his parents to HIV/AIDS, added: “This is a life changing decision and I’m asking every Namibian man to join me and get the smart cut.”
Circumcision is offered free of charge at various public health facilities in Namibia.