Prince Nhlanganiso Zulu honours his late Father by urging men to circumcise during Men’s Health Month

Prince Nhlanganiso Zulu honours his late Father by urging men to circumcise during Men’s Health Month

Prince Nhlanganiso Zulu honours his late Father by urging men to circumcise during Men’s Health Month 545 685 Mbuso Mafuyeka

Friday, 14 June 2024: In a continued commitment to honour his late father, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu’s wishes, Zulu prince Izinyane leSilo uNhlanganiso kaZwelithini (Nhlanganiso Zulu) has urged men to intensify the fight against HIV by getting circumcised. 

At an Isibaya Samadoda men’s health event in Zwelibomvu at the Shongweni Dam in KwaZulu-Natal today, Zulu highlighted the crucial role of circumcision in reducing HIV transmission and promoting overall health. His father, the late King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, was at the forefront of the fight against HIV and AIDS in KwaZulu-Natal. He was committed to enhancing men’s health and cited medical circumcision as a proactive measure to prevent HIV. He often used cultural events to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. 

Isibaya Samadoda is Prince Zulu’s men’s health movement that encourages men to focus on their physical and emotional wellness and cultural identity. Isibaya Samadoda loosely translates to ‘the circle of men’ in isiZulu.

“My father’s legacy will continue to guide me until the end of my days,” said Prince Nhlangansio Zulu. “This Men’s Health Month, I call on Zulu men to make the right choice for your health and your partner’s health. Protect yourself and those you love with medical circumcision.”

The Men’s Health Month event partners with various health organisations, including the health non-profit, Right to Care. Right to Care runs South Africa’s largest circumcision programme and partners with the traditional sector to promote safe circumcisions.

Dr Khumbulani Moyo, Right to Care’s Head of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision, said that men often avoid going to a health facility because they fear being perceived as weak or being stigmatised, and they do not want to take time off work. “Right to Care has partnered with the Department of Health in KwaZulu-Natal to provide men with a safe, confidential environment where circumcisions are performed alongside any other health services and support they may need.”

Moyo explained that circumcision is an easy procedure done under local anaesthetic that takes only 30 minutes. Besides the anaesthetic injection before the procedure, there is very little pain. Complete healing takes about six weeks; however, normal activities can be resumed within one to three days after the procedure. “Healthcare workers will tell you everything you need to know, including how to care for your wound. You can have your circumcision performed on a Friday so you have the weekend to recover,” adds Moyo.

Medical male circumcision has been a core component of South Africa’s HIV prevention strategy since 2010, preventing new HIV infections and saving lives. Right to Care has performed over 1.5 million safe circumcisions since 2012.

To find out more about free medical circumcision or to make an appointment, call or send a ‘please call me’ to the Right to Care circumcision call centre on 082 808 6152. You can also find Right to Care on Facebook.

About Right to Care

Right to Care is a non-profit organisation that supports and delivers prevention, care, and treatment services for HIV and TB. Through technical assistance, Right to Care supports South Africa’s National Department of Health (NDOH) and its provinces, and provides direct services in facilities. It is funded by United States Government donors and collaborates with the private sector to implement community health programmes. 

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