The Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) ambassador Martin Morokcy, aka The Dogg, was circumcised together with 20 other males at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital yesterday.
A nervous The Dogg said his decision to be circumcised was fuelled by his personal desire to partake in the fight against HIV.
“I want to play my part in reducing HIV and to strengthen my voice as the ambassador,” said The Dogg as he informed the health minister that he was ready to have his ‘smart cut’. While admitting he was nervous, he expressed his readiness and appealed to young men to follow suit.
He also appealed to young women to encourage their male partners to have the ‘smart cut’. Equally, the VMMC ambassador denounced perceptions that circumcision can only be done during winter.
He said circumcision can be done anytime of the year.
“It is a wound like any other, it would heal,” said the ‘smart cut’ ambassador.
The Oshana regional coordinator for the voluntary campaign Aina Itula confirmed to New Era that there is a high turnout for circumcision between April and August every year. “The months before April and after August the turnout is usually really low, which shows that there is still a perception out there of circumcision being a winter thing,” said Itula. To date the Oshana Region has circumcised at least 54 percent of its set target of 8 000 within a year.
The campaign, which rolled from October 1 last year to September this year, saw over 4 000 men circumcised.
However, Itula was content that the region has surpassed its target with at least one percent for the 15-29 age bracket around the same period.
The region targeted to circumcise at least 6 198 men between the ages of 15-29.
Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernard Haufiku, appealed to all males between the ages of 15 and 50 to get circumcised.