ZAMBIA has launched an ambitious programme to circumcise 80 percent of men living with HIV which will prevent approximately 340,000 new HIV infections, says Lusaka Provincial Medical Officer Dr. Kennedy Malama.
Dr. Malama said the on-going exercise which will go up to May was expected to circumcise over 13,000 males at provincial level and 7,000 per district.
Dr. Malama said the campaign will target 80, 000 men countrywide, adding that Lusaka district was among the 8 districts that has been targeted to circumcise 7,000 men.
He however said the 80percent target was achievable with concerted effort, community and individual participation.
He said achieving that target and contributing to achieving of zero HIV infections would change the landscape of Zambia in all spheres.
Dr. Malama said that if Zambia was to effectively reduce the incidence of HIV infections, there was need for everyone to actively contribute to the cause by ensuring that Lusaka achieved universal coverage of male circumcision.
And Dr. Malama observed that Zambia still had a high HIV/AIDS prevalence though the rate had in recent times significantly dropped.
He pointed out that campaigns such as the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision ((VMMC) would help reduce the incidence further.
Dr. Malama said there was need for concerted efforts in employing comprehensive strategies to encourage male circumcision.
About 1.2 million Zambian males have been circumcised since the introduction of VMMC campaign in 2007.