Limpopo doctor allegedly botched 16 medical circumcisions

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Parents up in arms after their sons’ circumcisions were botched at the surgery of a medical doctor contracted to perform the procedures. City Press reports that they did not attend any initiation school but almost 20 Limpopo boys, some as young as 10, have missed over a month of schooling. These boys’ cases are among 19 of adverse events – an injury sustained or an undesired outcome from a medical procedure or treatment – from voluntary medical male circumcisions in the Mokopane area.

The report says the Aurum Institute, a healthcare organisation, has confirmed that 16 of these cases, most of them severe, were done by a Mokopane-based medical doctor contracted to perform circumcisions on its behalf.

The report says Limpopo Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba expressed shock at the botched circumcisions. Ramathuba said it was “painful that we’re winning (at traditional) initiation schools and now we find ourselves here with male medical circumcision which is a regression really”.

Meanwhile, the MEC said an investigation was under way to determine who had performed the procedures, if they had been trained to do so and why it resulted in adverse events. Ramathuba said the Health Professions Council of SA would also be asked to investigate if there was any breach of ethics by the doctor and act accordingly.

City Press report

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