There is still no compensation for a boy whose penis was severed in a circumcision operation that went terribly wrong.
The 11-year-old boy had his penis chopped off at Thini clinic in Tutume in a circumcision attempt. A visit to his home in Tutume by The Voice found that his penis was in bad shape and urine was coming out from the sides when he passed it out.
His parents have started having sleepless nights about whether his sexual life would ever be normal.
Government has since promised the boy would undergo another operation in Maun to correct the previous one, but his sister Emily Thini has reservations. She told The Voice that the whole exercise gives her goose bumps.
“I am not a doctor, but it is very tough to believe what they are telling us.
Yes, the wounds seem to be healing but the boy’s penis is just in a horrible shape and to me its worrying to imagine how it will function when it’s real purpose comes,” a doubtful Emily told The Voice.
Emily said while her brother was no longer complaining of pain, it was the look of the penis which makes her not trust what the doctors are promising. She says, “The penis leaks when the boy urinates so it’s very difficult to say his sexual life won’t be jeopardized.”
Although they insisted that the government should pay for the doctor’s botched operation, their request fell on deaf ears of the Ministry of Health.
“We wrote a letter of demand to Tutume Primary hospital which employed the negligent doctor and also copied the complaint letter to the ministry.
To date, we have not received any response,” said the disturbed Emily.
The woman also revealed that although the area Member of Parliament (MP) Edwin Batshu saw the boy’s condition, he merely shed crocodile tears and never assisted them.
“When Batshu cried after seeing the boy I thought he was touched but I am beginning to doubt his sympathy because since then he never called us to give feed-back,” She said.
Dr Jamba of Tutume Primary Hospital said the boy was being assessed medically. “I am not in a position to comment on the issue of compensation because the person in charge is not available but what I only know is that the boy is currently getting the necessary medical attention in Maun,” Dr Jamba said.