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Mabo wants circumcision con men brought to justice
By Misheck Wangwe in Kitwe
Mon 30 Dec. 2013, 14:00 CAT

MWINILUNGA Male Circumcision coordinator Hagai Mabo has appealed to police to bring to justice a group of men masquerading as service providers from the government after they circumcised a man using a kitchen knife.

A 34-year-old man of Mwinilunga's Kabanda compound whose name has been withheld by police and medical officers for professional reasons almost bled to death on Friday after he was brutally circumcised by four men using a kitchen knife.

The conmen ran way after they noticed that they had failed to stop the man's excessive bleeding.

In an interview yesterday, Mabo said the victim who was in a critical condition the time he was picked from his house around 16:30 hours where he was circumcised from, had since been admitted to hospital and his condition was stable.

"These men are going round communities in Mwinilunga and making men and parents pay for the circumcision of their children. They are charging in some cases K50 and K40. They must be arrested because this is a serious problem and a serious health risk for the people. We have since started sensitisation campaigns and making people understand that there are conmen masquerading as professionals of male circumcision from the Ministry of Health. We are telling people that circumcision must be done at the hospital and it's only at the hospital where it's very safe and it's done at no cost," Mabo said.

Mabo said such culprits must be brought to book as they were endangering the lives of unsuspecting members of the general public through such unprofessional acts.

He further appealed to members of the general public to visit the nearest health centres whenever they want to access male circumcision services.

And police sources in Mwinilunga confirmed the matter had been reported and police were already doing their investigation.

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