Omaalala school receives award for male circumcision

24 Aug 2017 10:20am
OMAALALA, 24 AUG (NAMPA) – The Omaalala Primary School (PS) in the Oshana Region’s Ongwediva Constituency on Wednesday received a golden certificate for outstanding circumcisions conducted at the school during April this year.
International Training and Education Centre for Health and Social Services (I-TECH) Director for Community Health Services, Magdalena Nghatanga was on Wednesday at Omaalala PS to hand over the certificate to the school principal, Nicodemus Shimpanda.
Nghatanga explained that I-TECH awards a golden certificate to a school that has achieved over 80 per cent circumcision coverage.
She said Omaalala PS achieved more than 80 per cent coverage during the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) campaign.
The school’s boys of 10-years-old and above underwent the VMMC.
“The VMMC is one of the HIV transmission prevention measures,” said Nghatanga.
The I-TECH, under the Ministry of Health and Social Services, has embarked on a programme to take VMMC to schools and reduce HIV transmission by 60 per cent.
VMMC Coordinator in the Oshana Region, Harold Kandjii told Nampa during the certificate handover that the Omagongati Combined School (CS) and Olukolo PS in Oshana Region were also awarded certificates for outstanding VMMC coverage.