NGO Warns Government on Circumcision

Medical Rights Advocacy Network warns that the KwaZulu-Natal health department's decision to allow circumcisions at state hospitals will fuel an illicit trade in foreskins

A medical advocacy group, Medical Rights Advocacy Network, has warned that the KwaZulu-Natal health department's decision to allow circumcisions at state hospitals will fuel an illicit trade in foreskins.

The group’s Dr Uttam Govind has written to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, KwaZulu-Natal premier Dr Zweli Mkhize and health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo, urging them to stop the planned circumcision programme, which starts in April 2012.

Govind reportedly wrote that there are problems enforcing the Human Tissue Act, which require researchers to obtain a permit from the health ministry before exporting human tissue.

To read the article titled, “Circumcision could promote illicit trade: report,” click here.

Source: 
The Citizen

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