Batswana have taken the HIV/AIDS battle to another level as demonstrated by the recently introduced Football Mobilisation Strategy.
The initiative has been used by ACHAP to promote Safe Male Circumcision (SMC). Goaba Moreetsi, the captain of Pilikwe United leads the first football team in the country to take part in the programme.
Speaking to Mmegi Sport, the player who recently underwent circumcision with his teammates at Palapye Primary Hospital says that like many concerned Batswana, he felt that he had to do his bit to help combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country.
"I have realised that the spread of HIV/AIDS has impacted negatively on the lives of fellow Batswana and I decided that I should do whatever I could do to help fight the disease," he says.
So on May 11, the 21-year-old youth from Bobirwa ward in Pilikwe, together with his teammates went to Tebelopele testing centre in Palapye to test for HIV/AIDS. Moreetsi says going for the test at Tebelopele was one of the most frightening experiences in his life.
"As for the circumcision, I was looking forward to it because I knew it was meant to improve my health," says the
"I was uncomfortable when I saw all the operating apparatuses but one of the nurses greatly comforted me and told me not to fear anything as everything was going to go according to plan," he says. The doctor gave him five injections to make the operation less painful.
Moreetsi says that the actual operation and the stitching of the wound took about five minutes with very little pain.
Fortunately for him, a taxi had been booked to take him and some of his teammates to their villages.
This made things easy as he was struggling to walk properly.
Moreetsi says that though he had doubts before going for the circumcision, he feels like a new creature.
He is determined to encourage his peers in the football world to go for circumcision.