Melusi Yeni gets the chop

The ac­tor is lead­ing by ex­am­ple and en­cour­ag­ing men to get med­i­cally cir­cum­cised

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Phaka­mani Mve­lashe and Vin­cent Phahlane

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.

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