10 Mar 2015 17:50pm
ONAMUTAI, 10 MAR (NAMPA) Only 636 men have undergone voluntary male circumcision in the Oshana Region since June last year, Health Minister Dr Richard Kamwi disclosed on Monday.
This follows the launch of the circumcision drive in the region on 20 June last year.
He revealed this at the Onamutai village in the Oshana Region, where he inaugurated a multi-million dollar Primary Health Care Clinic.
Kamwi appealed to the regional leadership, traditional leaders, teachers and the community at large to get involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS with seriousness.
Let male circumcision be one of our strategies if we are to reach the target of 29 886 circumcised men in the Oshana Region by April 2017, he urged.
The outgoing Health and Social Services Minister further urged people in Namibia to guard against the evils of excessive alcohol consumption and tobacco smoking.
He said excessive alcohol consumption lead sexually-active people to engage in unprotected sexual activities, where after they end up getting infected with the HIV/AIDS virus.
Tobacco smoking is another challenge facing our community, Kamwi noted.
The new clinic was constructed at a cost of about N.dollars 5.2 million to replace the dilapidated building.
The clinic was established in 1950 when Reverend Peter Mashalale Ndhandi of the Anglican Church Mission identified the need fpr health services amongst the Onamutai parish.
The serving head of the clinic, Peneyambeko Iyambo told the inauguration gathering that her clinic currently serves some 25 villages and has a catchment population of 7 325 people.
Lavinia Hamukuto is the founding nurse of Onamutai Clinic after receiving training as an assistant nurse at the Odibo Anglican Mission Centre in the Ohangwena Region.