Melusi Yeni gets the chop
The actor is leading by example and encouraging men to get medically circumcised
AS part of a USAID Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Project, former Generations actor, Melusi Yeni, was the millionth man to be circumcised in KwaZulu-Natal last month. He was circumcised at Sivananda Clinic at Inanda, north of Durban, and is determined to get more men to get medically circumcised.
ENCOURAGING MEN TO GET CIRCUMCISED
The KwaMashu-born star is working together with the Department of Health in KwaZulu-Natal on a drive to encourage men to get circumcised. He took to social media to announce that he was getting the chop. “Tomorrow is the day! Feeling great about the decision to get circumcised and be part of KZN 1 Million,” he posted.
It seems not even his anxiety about the procedure could talk him out of doing it. He was the first to admit that he had his worries prior to his medical circumcision. “I was a little nervous about the procedure itself, but it went well. I was in good hands. Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo (he is also the MEC of Health in KZN) is a consummate professional,” he said after the chop.
FIGHTING THE SPREAD OF HIV
He came out of the clinic looking quite jubilant. “I’m pleased to become the millionth man to be circumcised in KwaZulu-Natal. And I want to make a vow that I will continue working hard to encourage other men to get circumcised because the benefits are immense and can go a long way in helping us curb the spread of HIV in our country,” he said. The circumcision campaign is part of a high profile community outreach programme that was attended by King Goodwill Zwelithini, the Premier of KwaZuluNatal, Willies Mchunu, IFP leader Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi and a host of other dignitaries.
PUTTING HEALTH FIRST
In an earlier interview with Move!, Melusi said while he was busy with his campaign, which aims to raise awareness on drug abuse and the blesser lifestyle, he was approached by Brothers for Life to partner on a campaign that will raise awareness on men’s health. Brothers for Life is a social and well-being movement aimed at mobilising men to take responsibility for their own health.
“I have partnered with the KwaZuluNatal Department of Health and Brothers for Life on the campaign, which sees us visiting various communities and educating men on the importance of taking care of their bodies,” said Melusi.
He said it is important for men not to wait until they get sick before they seek help. “Most men don’t want to see a doctor or go for a simple check-up at the clinic. There are men who always say they are fine until they really get sick and end up in hospital. It’s really important to stand up for our health to continue living better lives,” said the former Muvhango actor.
Efforts to get hold of Melusi were unsuccessful at the time of going to print.