male circumcisions

Government replaces circumcision device

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.

KZN health rejects concerns over circumcision device

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.

Department of Health Budget Vote Speech 2012/12: National Assembly, Cape Town

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Department of Health (South Africa)

Honourable Chairperson

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

Distinguished guests

Ladies and Gentlemen