THE government is replacing the controversial Malaysian-made Tara KLamp used in medical male circumcisions with a new, Israeli-made PrePex device.
The new device will be introduced to all nine provinces in South Africa in the next few months.
Its proponents say it is cheaper, easy to use and safer. Unlike the Tara KLamp, the new device has been approved by the World Health Organisation.
The KwaZulu-Natal health department on Wednesday rejected the Treatment Action Campaign's concerns over a device used to perform male circumcisions.
Since 2010 a total of 175,927 men were circumcised. Of these 35,989 were circumcised using the Tara Klamp (TK) and there had been no problems, provincial health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo told reporters in Pietermaritzburg.
He was responding to the TAC's asking the Public Protector to investigate the TK's procurement and ongoing use. The plastic device is clamped over the foreskin of a man's penis for seven to 10 days until the foreskin falls off.
According to the TAC the device sometimes had to be surgically removed.
Ministers present here today
My Colleague Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa
MEC’s of Health from various Provinces
Honourable Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee, Dr Monwabisi
Goqwana and Members of your Committee
Honourable members of the House
Director –General of Health Ms Precious Matsoso
Your excellencies, High Commissioners and Ambassodors
Leaders of various statutory bodies, Health Unions and other Health related Organisations
Our Special guest the Rollback Malaria and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and UN Envoy for Africa, Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka
Ladies and Gentlemen