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Male circumcision (from Latin circumcidere,
meaning "to cut around") is the surgical removal of the foreskin
(prepuce) from the human penis. In a typical procedure, the foreskin is opened
and then separated from the glans after inspection.
procedure is obtainable in many races of the world and it was on biblical
record that circumcision is a sign of covenant between the Israelites and
Yahweh. Apart from the Jews other races practice this, especially African
races.In the western world circumcision is done at childhood and done medically
with anaesthesia in some cases, this medical procedure is safe and sound
without any negative impact, and in fact recent discoveries show that circumcised
males stand a reduced risk of contracting HIV than the uncircumcised.
sources confirmed that women prefer men with circumcised penis than the
uncircumcised penis, reason being that the uncircumcised penis has an ugly
aesthetic view and often very pointed, well there is no theory that proves to
us which penis is better.
will interest us to know that various races round the world see circumcision as
a ritual but today I am going to focus on South Africa where this ritual of
male circumcision is taken serious and it is becoming a public health concern
because lot of lives have been lost in
this ritual performances while some males have permanently lost their penis or
are still battling with a rotten penis due to acquired infections associated
with their procedure of circumcision. Also HIV has been a great concern because
unsterilized instruments are used during these rituals.
to inquirerdotnet, Agence France-Presse. Monday, July 8th, 2013. Botched
circumcisions killed 30 young men and landed almost 300 more in hospital during
traditional initiation rites in a South African province, the health department
30 deaths in rural Eastern Cape province occurred during the annual season when
young males undergo a rite of passage into manhood.
other youths were hospitalized after being rescued from a forest on Sunday,
said provincial health department spokesman SizweKupelo in a statement.
ten initiates’ private parts are rotten. They are badly damaged. Their
condition is scary,” he said.
further 293 young men were undergoing hospital treatment for dehydration,
gangrene and septic wounds, Kupelo added.
had lost their genitals.
from ethnic Xhosa, Sotho and Ndebele groups typically spend around a month in
secluded bush or mountains areas for their initiation to manhood.
includes a circumcision as well as lessons on masculine courage and discipline.
surgeons perform the procedure in the bush, sometimes with unsterilized
instruments or lacking in technique.
circumcisions leading to penis amputations and deaths are an annual tragedy.
May around 34 deaths in two other provinces were reported.
giving more history on these sad events, it has been a regular occurrence in South
Africa but the question is what can we do about this public health problem,
this is an ugly trend and yet we need to respect people’s culture and
public health activists should do our best to convince the south African
government to carry out a strong advocacy on safer ways of practicing this
circumcision ritual, it will be better off if these males are circumcised as
children, not waiting till the grow up to 16 years and above. Also if medical
practitioners are involved in the procedure with anaesthesia and sterilized
instruments being used, then we can encourage this ritual, but these
traditional surgeons are endangering people lives, young and promising fellows.
It has been reported severally that people witch hunt their enemies during these
ritual by doing a bad procedure on the children of their presumed enemies.
us spread this campaign and who knows the South African government might have
the political will to face this ugly ritual trend.