McCord Circumcision Clinic Opening
McCORD Hospital officially launched its free male circumcision clinic at 155 Brickfield Road, Durban, recently.
Attended by numerous local and international dignitaries and stakeholders, including His Royal Highness Prince Africa Zulu of Onkweni Royal House, Dr Sandile Tshabalala from the KZN Department of Health and Consul General Taylor Ruggles from the US Consulate, the event was an opportunity for the hospital to celebrate and showcase its new facility which offers free medical circumcisions to all men aged 15 to 49.
Funded through PEPFAR, The President’s Plan for Emergency AIDS Relief, the clinic has already circumcised more than 2300 men since it began operating in February this year.
With circumcision proven to reduce a man’s chances of contracting HIV by up to 60 per cent, the KZN Department of Health’s current circumcision campaign is an integral part of the province’s HIV prevention strategy.
Speaking at the launch, Dr Tshabalala stressed the important role that male medical circumcision is set to play, not only in preventing new HIV infections, but in encouraging men to step-up and take responsibility for their health.
Dr Helga Holst, CEO of McCord Hospital, said: “Today is such a joyous day and I am delighted that so many of our friends and supporters, both new and old, are here to celebrate with us. This clinic is a shining example of McCord’s commitment to bringing care, hope and excellence where it is needed most.”
The clinic is open 7am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. To book contact 031 209 3295.
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