Covid 19 pandemic has changed our normal duties. In Kenya, the circumcision rate is around 84% where conducted at hospitals and clinics. In traditional circumcision, they used the same knife for many initiates which they thought to contribute to the spread of the HIV virus.
Circumcision is a procedure to remove the foreskin from your penis. At birth, the foreskin is stuck to the head of your penis but it gradually separates and can usually be pulled back by the age of three.
Mostly its done for medical purposes, for example, if your foreskin appears too tight and difficult. The process termed as phimosis and its also most common in boys around puberty. At times its also done for cosmetic, religious, or social reasons mostly termed as non-therapeutic or ritual circumcision.
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It is termed to help to reduce the risk of certain sexually transmitted infections STIs, and cervical cancer in female partners. However, having safer sex is the best way to prevent the spread of STIs.
Before the covid 19 pandemics, this activity usually done after every child has completed his class 8 course.
Despite the covid 19 pandemic, among many tribes like Bukusu, Kalenjin Luhya in western Kenya, teenage boys become men. This celebration happens several days after circumcision. Despite the dangers of pandemics the Bukusu have decided to keep their tradition alive and maintain the ceremony this year.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has already set aside and opened churches and other areas that the rite of passage can occur. Every boy in society should undergo the process. The celebration will take place despite government advice, to avoid large gatherings all measures that are put across by the government should be strictly observed.
In Bukusu boys must dance to show their bravery and attend rituals. They should include the sacrifice of a cow the blood of which will welcome them into manhood.