Health officials at Nyarurema health centre in Gatunda sector of Nyagatare District have decried lack of enough equipment as the main cause of low turn up for male circumcision in the area.
In collaboration with Health Poverty Action project, Nyagatare district embarked on mass campaign to sensitize men to undergo circumcision as part of HIV prevalence among the community.
However, though research says male circumcision protects men from contracting HIV by at least 60%, it does not mean that once men undergo circumcision should get involved in unprotected sexual intercourse.
In Gatunda sector, reports indicate that hundreds of residents have registered for circumcision rendezvous at Nyarurema Health centre but services still take baby steps to reach the beneficiaries.
In an interview, Jean Nepomscene Ndemere, an assistant administrator at the health centre said that lack of equipments remain a stumbling block to meet their targets.
“We had in plans to circumcise every man in the sector. But the big turn up is not equivalent to equipments available to carry out the exercise,” he said.
Roland Bizimana, an official in charge of the fight against HIV Aids in Nyagatare district challenged men to remain away from HIV contraction despite being circumcised.
Aliane Dusenge, the head of Health Poverty Action project rallied mass mobilization and advocacy to ensure all residents get access to circumcision campaign.
“Failure to access basic equipments can’t stop us from mobilizing residents to seek health services,” she said.
Of 23 people seeking circumcision service at Nyarurema Health centre a day, only seven of them get the service.