19 659 men circumcised in Khomas since 2009

30 Jan 2018 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JAN (NAMPA) – The Khomas Region recorded 19 659 male circumcisions since 2009 in line with the Ministry of Health and Social Services’ target of 80 per cent male circumcisions by the year 2025, the Khomas Regional Council (KRC) Chairperson, Rachel Jacob has said.
Speaking at the opening of the KRC’s operations for this year here on Monday, Jacob lauded this statistic as one of the region’s achievements in 2017.
She explained that 9 916 male circumcisions were performed at public hospitals, while 9 747 were conducted at private health facilities since the implementation of the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision programme nearly a decade ago.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) targets the circumcision of 300 000 men according to National Strategic Framework’s goal on reducing the HIV prevalence rate by about 50 per cent in 2025.
In terms of Tuberculosis, 323 cases were recorded in the region in 2017, with the highest numbers recorded at the Hakahana and Okuryangava clinics.
“At least 91 per cent of the reported cases were successfully treated,” she said.
Jacob noted that 24 000 people were registered to be on antiretroviral therapy (ART) offered at all clinics and hospitals in the region.
She added that 11 155 people had been tested for HIV by November 2017, and 57 per cent of those who tested positive were linked to HIV treatment.
“We managed to reach out to 740 people on treatment who extremely need the appropriate diet, however cannot afford it,” said Jacob.
She noted that the region has constructed community ART-adherence clubs at the Moses Garoeb, Samora Machel, Katutura Central and Windhoek Rural constituencies aimed at relieving the burden of overcrowding clinics.