More than 200 boys on Saturday underwent a voluntary male circumcision at Kagoto Primary school in Kimaina, Bahati Nakuru County as one way of reducing chances of HIV infection among youths.
Addressing media, area MCA Samuel Kamau who had organized the event commended parents for allowing boys to show up saying the exercise is paramount especially after it was reported that youths are the leading in terms of HIV infection and this would help to reduce the risk.
According to the MCA, the oldest boy in the exercise was 21 years old with the youngest being 13 years with the whole exercise costing 200000 shillings.
“These are doctors from government hospitals and the whole exercise costs almost 200,000 shillings. The oldest in the exercise is 21 years with the youngest being 13 years but I must commend the parents for allowing the boys to undergo the exercise” said Kamau.
A parent Miriam Wangari from Engashura who spoke to the media at the venue of the exercise commended the organizers saying it was a paramount idea to help combat HIV infection among youths.
On their part, the boys who had undergone the exercise could not hide their joy with some of them encouraging the rest to make sure they undergo the exercise which to them is not painful.
“This is a paramount exercise in the society and we encourage everyone to embrace it” they said.
Nakuru Businessman Jack Waihenya who visited Kagoto Primary to see how the exercise was going on thanked the boys who came out in large number saying the exercise was paramount in shapping them for the future.
Waihenya noted that the exercise was also a good way of bringing the people of Nakuru together and enhancing peaceful co-existence.
“This is a noble exercise as it shapes these boys from one stage to another and it empowers them as adults. I must also say that it is a way of enhancing togetherness and therefore I wish them quick recovery” he said.
This comes even as statistics indicate that youths are the most affected when it comes to HIV infection and medics have proven that Male circumcision reduces the risk of HIV infection.