Maseru – Population Services International (PSI) is hosting a soccer tournament at Ratau in Nazareth under a Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) outreach programme.
The four-week tournament, which began on 27 February, will end on 13 March but the matches will only be played during weekends.
PSI, in collaboration with the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF), is sponsoring the “Test for Your Team Tournament”.
Last weekend supporters from the 32 teams queued in tents and classrooms of local schools, not only for circumcision but also to test for HIV and vote for their teams.
Speaking to Public Eye, VMMC Manager ’Mabafokeng Makhobotloane said one of the residents requested PSI to sponsor a fun-walk to create health awareness in the council of Ratau.
“PSI accepted the request and the final agreement was to sponsor a soccer competition and a 4km fun-walk from Molengoane Lodge to Lengoele on 13 March”, Makhobotloane explained.
She said recent statistics show a reduction in the number of men going to hospitals to be circumcised and PSI believes some men have simply become reluctant to visit medical centres for help.