Men in Lilongwe and surrounding areas are expected to start receiving free voluntary circumcision services at Bwaira (previously Bottom) Hospital. The initiative is in line with the scale up programme of voluntary medical male circumcision in Malawi.
According to Henry Chimbali, Ministry of Health publicist says the hospital will offer services to males within the age range of 1 to 40.
He said apparently males have already started registering for the services.
As of this week over 2000 males around Lilongwe have registered adding that more males are expected to register when the clinic gets into full swing. The facility is waiting for official certification to start offering the services; added Chimbali.
The ministry spokesperson disclosed that such clinics are expected to be opened in Mulanje, Phalombe, Thyolo, Nkhotakota and Kasungu districts and preparations are already underway.
Last year government launched the medical male circumcision in Mulanje where over five thousand males were circumcised.
Malawi has adopted the male circumcision after a World Health Organization (WHO) trial recommended that male circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men by approximately 60%. Three randomized controlled trials in Kisumu, Kenya; Rakai District, Uganda; and Orange Farm, South Africa in 2007 showed that male circumcision provided by well-trained health professionals in properly equipped settings reduces the risk of sexual transmission of HIV from women to men.