Last year, I wrote about traditional circumcision and the dangers thereof.
The government has started an MMC-drive. MMC = Male Medical Circumcision. Non-traditional circumcision has its own benefits such as HIV-prevention, STI-prevention and apparently hygienic benefits too.
The goal is also to have traditional circumcisions performed in hospital, where health care workers are trained in the procedure and where infection control is better managed. It will take a while to achieve this in Africa, because having the procedure done in the hospital is often viewed as being “unmanly”.
Yesterday, the clinic in the rural town where I am now did an MMC-outreach. Initially we were only supposed to observe, but our supervisor decided we could assist. Which was totally super cool! I feel more confident with sutures and blades now.
I have to say, the patients were remarkably calm for the type of surgery they were going through… and it is done using only local anaesthesia. Brave, brave people.
You may recall that I hated surgery last year. Mayhaps it was just because we weren’t taught so eagerly.
Edit: I have become aware of a raging debate for and against circumcision. I am in the process of becoming more informed and will then, at some point, post my views and findings.