The Blantyre District Health Office (DHO) in partnership with PSI Malawi has embarked on a six week Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Mass campaign.
The campaign which started today July 18 ends on August 26 2016.
Blantyre DHO Health Promotion Officer Chrissy Banda said this year they are targeting 1350 male circumcisions.
“We target those with ages between 15-49 years of age but those below 18 years need to come with their parents or guardians for consent,” she said.
According to Banda, the first week of the campaign starts at Chirimba and Zingwangwa Primary schools and back up/stand by sites have been set at Limbe Diagnostics Centre, Likhubula in Chilomoni and Nancholi.
“We will also look at demand when an area seems to have a lot of people in need of our services we will move there,” she said.
The District health office is encouraging men to go for VMMC for risk reduction of HIV acquisition, reduced chances of cervical cancer to partners of circumcised men and penile cancer in circumcised men, Promoting hygiene in general, reduced risk of urinary tract infections in children and reduced risk of contracting some sexually transmitted infections like syphilis and herpes.
In a similar campaign last year, the DHO targeted 2000 people.