Safe Male Circumcision Successful

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The success of the safe male circumcision (SMC) in schools has enabled the South East District to meet its target.

This was revealed by the principal district officer for development Ms Kgomotso Kesianye, on December 17, when tabling the District Development Committee (DDC) report during the full council meeting.

Ms Kesianye said out of a target of 600 people for the second quarter, a total of 608 males were circumcised. She said most of the people who were circumcised were below the age of 17 years old and she encouraged those older to consider the operation.

She further stated that more campaigns would be undertaken in the forthcoming quarters to ensure that SMC programme is a success. On other issues, Ms Kesianye noted that drugs availability has improved in the district.

She said the level of medicine in health facilities increased from 87 per cent during quarter one to the current 90 per cent. Notwithstanding this, she noted that the current stock level was below the 97 per cent that was required at the national level.

“This is mainly due to the unavailability of some medicines at the Central Medical Stores ,”she added. However, she said the district would continue to place orders on time to ensure that the situation does not regress.

Still on health issues, Ms Kesianye said there was generally positive trend in the uptake of the ARV programme in the district. She noted that the number of people enrolling in the programme increased moderately from 6 702 to 6 886 between quarter one and two.

“This positive trend is due to the roll out of ARV to all clinics hence people can easily access the programme,” she added Ms Kesianye said although the enrolment is increasing, there are challenges of patients defaulting on their medication as some discontinue or relocate without notifying the health facilities.

She said in Ramotswa Sub- district alone, 87 patients discontinued the therapy and added that the district will continue to devise strategies to trace the defaulting patients.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: General

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