Petros zivengwa and Douglas Chiteka
Popular musician Jah Prayzah, who clinched four awards at the 13th National Arts Merit Awards at the weekend in Bulawayo, took a symbolic act in the fight against HIV and Aids by getting circumcised today.
Jah Prayzah’s band member Talent Karombe was also circumcised yesterday.
“I did it for me and my wife,” said the artist whose real name is Mukudzei Mukombe soon after being circumcised. “l want to show others out there that circumcision is the right thing, especially in preventing HIV and cervical cancer,” said Jah Prayzah.
Dr Karin Hatzold, PSI Zimbabwe deputy country director, hailed Jah Prayzah for taking the bold step that will help persuade youths to embrace male circumcision.
“We encourage others to take a simple and smart decision that Jah Prayzah has taken,” she said.
“Over 210 000 people have been circumcised (countrywide) so far and we hope to circumcise about 1,3 million by 2017,” Dr Hatzold added.
Jah Prayzah joins a growing list of celebrities endorsing male circumcision. The list includes Sulumani Chimbetu, DJ Napster, Albert Nyathi, Fungisayi Mashavave and DJ Thabani Gambiza.
In the past few months, Jah Prayzah has appeared on PSI Zimbabwe’s male circumcision adverts.
The year 2013 was an eventful one for the musician, who won the Outstanding Male Artist, Outstanding Song, Outstanding Album as well as the People’s Choice awards at the NAMAs.
Health experts say male circumcision is a proven and cost-effective method of reducing the chances of contracting HIV by 60 percent.
Health experts also say it improves hygiene and reduces the risk of cervical cancer in women.