Uncircumcised men at high risks
An uncircumcised man carries more germs than a circumcised one, Swaziland National Editor’s Forum Chairperson Jabu Matsebula revealed.
Uncircumcised men have a high risk of getting, prostate cancer (50–100% higher in uncircumcised men). Uncircumcised penis increases the risk of thrush and sexually transmitted infections such as human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer, genital herpes and syphilis. Matsebula challenged the media during a workshop hosted by PSI on Male Circumcision at Tums Water World last weekend, to disseminate more information on the advantages of circumcision, especially in the fight against HIV.
He said HIV became a cause for concern after seeing that a lot of his colleagues were dying in the newsroom.
He said editors resolved to join in the fight against its spread by disseminating information to equip people in order to prevent themselves from acquiring the virus.
Other speakers during the workshop included Mr. Swaziland Linda Dlamini who got circumcised two years ago.
Dlamini explained that he was reluctant at first to do the procedure because of fear, but was happy that he eventually did it as he would be able to protect his family from sexually transmitted infections when he gets married.
Xolani Dlamini, a pupil at Lechwe Light High School encouraged other boys to utilise the back to school campaign and get circumcised. “You cannot afford to stay uncircumcised in this 21st century which has seen a lot of diseases on the outbreak,” he said.
Correctional Services build house for widow
THE Correctional Services is constructing a two-room flat for a widow, who lives with mentally challenged children in Sikhandzabantfu in Bulunga.
Gogo Dandane Shongwe stays with the children in a dilapidated hut which exposes them to bad weather conditions.
Accompanied by inmates and Correctional Services officers, the Commissioner Mzuthini Ntshangase started building the house last weekend. The commissioner observed that in many instances, crime in the communities was caused by hunger and poverty.
He said it was part of the service’s social responsibility to assist underprivileged members of society. He said this was part of the service’s contribution to social crime prevention strategies and a means to encourage community members to help one another to reduce criminal activities in their areas. Ntshangase also donated blankets and groceries to the family, and thanked the inmates as well as officers for the support. He said involving inmates in community building projects helped in their rehabilitation and reintegration.
The chief of Bulunga, Mdlaka Gamedze thanked the commissioner and staff for the support.
He ensured him that the authorities of Sikhandzabantfu would support the Shongwe family through constructing the house. Also present at the event was Siphofaneni Member of Parliament Gundwane Gamedze.