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Traditional Surgeons Tipped On Best Circumcision Practices Ahead of Imbalu launch today

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Dr. Grace Nakalyango, an expert from Hemophilia Foundation Uganda, said the risk of excessive bleeding can be managed if guidelines are followed. She however, noted that there is limited awareness about Hemophilia, adding that many people live with the condition without knowing.
The Budadiri West MP, Nathan Nandala Mafabi at the Imbalu launch at Mutoto Cultural site

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Agnes Kisakye, Executive Secretary Hemophilia foundation Uganda has tipped local circumcision surgeons in Bugisu ahead of the official launch of the traditional circumcision later today.

Dozens of young men will face the surgeon's knife this afternoon at Mutoto cultural grounds in Mutoto town council in Mbale district to commemorate the official launch of this year's circumcision calendar locally known as imbalu.

The traditional Bamasaba circumcision is a passage to manhood among the Bagisu.  Addressing local surgeons in Mbale on Friday, Agnes Kisakye, Executive Secretary Hemophilia foundation Uganda cautioned them against circumcising candidates with hemophilia conditions from homes without the help of health worker.   

Haemophilia is a genetic disorder that causes abnormal or exaggerated bleeding and affects blood clotting.  She says candidates with the condition should be advised to seek specialized attention to reduce the risks of excessive bleeding, which could lead to death.

During the meeting, the traditional surgeons were oriented on how to identify candidates with Hemophilia. Some of the signs include big bruises, bleeding joints and muscles, prolonged bleeding in the event of a cut or accident, removing a tooth or after surgery and nose bleeding among others.

Dr. Grace Nakalyango, an expert from Hemophilia Foundation Uganda, said the risk of excessive bleeding can be managed if guidelines are followed. She however, noted that there is limited awareness about Hemophilia, adding that many people live with the condition without knowing.

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Bashir Kimagala, a senior traditional surgeon shared some tips with his colleagues on how to minimize the risk of excessive bleeding in the process of circumcising candidates. The traditional Surgeons were also trained on HIV prevention, proper hygiene and told to use one knife on each candidate as sharing knives can spread infections such as HIV.

They received certificates after screening.