NEBBI. Infectious Disease Institute – Uganda, a local Non Governmental Organization (NGO) operating in the country has come under spotlight for circumcising under age children without the consent of their parents in Nebbi district, West Nile Region.
As a result, several pupils from Nebbi Public and Junior Primary schools have absconded school for the past two weeks due to unhealed wounds.
But IDI denies any wrong doing saying there have been distortions against their activities and massages.
Mr Bruno Oribi, the Nebbi District Education Officer said IDI officials informed him that healing would only take three days contrary to what had happened.
"I only agreed to this arrangement because they told me that the healing process takes less than 3 days but now it is taking longer; which is not good," said Oribi
Some parents got to realize that their children had been circumcised when they could not wake up in the morning to go to school while others started complaining about pains and longer days they were taking to get healed.
Ms Poulin Akumu, one of the parents of circumcised children said her consent would have been sought before the procedure was done on her son.
Mr Susan Dugira, a single mother said she was furious because she was not instructed about how to care for the wound of her circumcised son.
About 300 boys were circumcised from the two schools of Nebbi Junior and Nebbi Public Primary schools.
Mr Jimmy Kisakye, the regional mobilization officer for IDI regretted the oversight on their behalf for not involving district leaders at initial stages of implementing their projects but promised that the anomaly will be worked upon.
Kisakye allayed fears of some parents about longer periods the wounds were taking to heal saying they take one week to heal and IDI staffs were available in case of any complications.
IDI is a Ugandan not-for-profit organisation whose Mission is to strengthen health systems in Africa, with a strong emphasis on infectious diseases, through research and capacity development.
Established within Makerere University, IDI began life in 2002 and currently provides care and treatment services to over 100,000 people living with HIV in urban and rural settings in Uganda.