Sunday, August 19, 2007

Govt asked to fund circumcision

New Zealand - The government has been urged to fund circumcision procedures to curb rising rates of STDs amongst Pacific Islanders.

Professor Sitaleki Finau from Massey University says there is a proven link between men being circumcised and lower rates of cervical cancer caused by infections.

He says if the government is serious about preventing diseases among Pacific people, then it should fund the $170 snip.

Sitaleki Finau says the government needs to maintain cultural values as traditionally Pacific Islanders have been circumcised and funding the procedure is one way to achieve that.

He says circumcision is the best measure to reduce infections, and cancer of the penis.

Finau says while it is mainly Pacific Islanders who request the procedure, funding should be available for anyone as it is in the government's best interests to fund circumcisions, to avoid costly operations for both men and woman, later in life.