Patients shuns hospital after being subjected to forceful circumcision

Residents  of Butaleja and other neighbouring districts are now fearing to visit health centres after health workers subjected them to mandatory circumcision in exchange for medical care.
The matter  was brought to the attention of Parliament by Hon. Okoth Othieno a member of parliament from West Budama North,  who asked Parliament to compel Ministry of Health to explain the circumstance under which health workers at Busolwe General Hospital in the Eastern District of Butaleja  are forcing parents to circumcise their boys, prior to receiving medical treatment.
The irritated legislator said that parents are now afraid to go to hospital fearing that their children will be subjected to forceful knief.
“What is happening is that when mothers carry their children to Busolwe hospital, the health workers force the children to be circumcised and those who refuse to have their children circumcised are denied medical services. This amounts to imposing an alien culture to my people. Why is the Ministry of Health imposing an alien culture of compulsory circumcision on the people of West Budama North?” Hon. Othieno said.
According to ministry of health, Busolwe General Hospital handles patients from Butaleja and neighbouring  districts like  Tororo, Namutumba and Budaka.
Reacting to MP claims the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga asked the Ministry of Health to investigate the matter and report back to Parliament with immediate effect.
Kadaga added that the circumcision is supposed to be  voluntarily and not forced.

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