Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has insisted that circumcision ceremonies are not allowed in any part of the country, until the Health Ministry and elders of respective communities taking part in the ceremonies come up with Covid-19 infection prevention protocols and guidelines that guarantee the safety of people. The circumcision season is already here and communities from the former Western province are still unsure what’s the way forward, with some people still pushing ahead with circumcision plans. Elders from Bukusu, and Tachoni communities had weeks ago issued a statement saying this year’s season will be postponed, but days later circumcisers rubbished the claims.
Speaking at the KMPDC headquarters in Nairobi, Health CS Kagwe said the government is engaged in talks with elders, “We have said that no such activity is to take place without the necessary protocols being followed.” He said communities should ask themselves which is better, postponing the ceremony until next year or going ahead and exposing young boys to the Coronavirus, leading to fatalities.
CS Kagwe also warned Kenyans not to listen to every so called doctor who wants to offer advice and direction concerning the Coronavirus. He said that at the moment, everyone has become an expert, “The biggest mistake is to start imagining that just because someone is called a doctor he is an expert in everything,” he stated.