PHILANI Thabethe’s circumcision was made extra special when he found out he was going to be circumcised by KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo. Philani (21) had woken up on Monday morning with one thing on his mind: to finally get circumcised.He was over the moon when he found Dhlomo waiting to personally circumcise him when he arrived at Othobothini Community Health Centre, Jozini. “The circumcision went very well. I didn’t know the MEC was going to be there, so it was a pleasant surprise.”He said he wanted to encourage young people to have medical male circumcision because, when you’re circumcised, you’re protected from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. “I urge those who’re not yet circumcised to do so, and those who are circumcised to continue using condoms.” Dhlomo has been attending the department’s Pap smear drive, which promotes the early detection of cancer through screening and testing. He attended a meeting at the newly built, R250 million Othobothini health facility after the name of a local village was adopted as the facility’s new name. The MEC said KZN has circumcised more than one million men since the practice of medical male circumcision was revived by King Goodwill Zwelithini in 2009.Dhlomo congratulated Philani for deciding to get circumcised.“I’m pleased that the name of the health facility, which came from the local Nyawo kingship and from Jozini Municipality, was welcomed by residents. “The facility, with a full package of services, will be officially opened in the next two weeks,” Dhlomo said.
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