The majority of men in Kasungu district are reportedly shunning circumcision which is being offered by health officials in the area, Malawi24 has been tipped.
Medical district health officer for Kasungu, Joremy Nkhambure said since 2012 they have managed to circumcise 3000 men only which is way below their target of 21,000 circumcisions for the 3 year period.
According to Nkhambure, cultural beliefs are one of the sources contributing to lower number of circumcised people as it is the home of Chewas.
He has however attributed that although the medical officers have tried to civic educate the Kasungu residents, there have been no fruits coming out of it.
The circumcision statistics in the area has shown that only 500 men have been circumcised during 2015. Research by health experts shows that circumcision reduces the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS disease.
National Aids Commission (NAC) has since set a target of 28,000 circumcisions annually which the district health authorities are not sure of acheiving.
So far, evidence that Malawi24 gathered shows that men who undergo circumcision are most likely to be infected with HIV than the uncircumcised.