June 3, 2013
Junior doctors respond to initiation deaths
by Montsho Matlala
Shocked by the deaths of at least 36 initiates at the cultural circumcision schools in Mpumalanga and Limpopo, the Junior Doctors Association of SA (JUDASA) has kicked off free male medical circumcision campaign for boys.
And the association members have already snipped 50 males, the youngest being just nine and the oldest 30 at the Mankweng hospital over the weekend.
JUDASA chairperson in Limpopo Dr Tshilidzi Sadiki told The New Age on Monday medial doctors were disturbed by deaths at cultural circumcision schools.
“This does not mean we are against cultural circumcision, we are concerned about the high mortality rate and risky medical conditions. We kicked off the campaign at the Mankweng hospital near Polokwane on Saturday.