Gynecologist wants female genital mutilation curbed

A worker with some of the tools used for FGM in Africa

FILE PHOTO: A worker stands behind tools used for FGM in Africa

FILE PHOTO: A worker stands behind tools used for FGM in Africa

Dr Sesan Oluwasola, a Gynecologist at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, on Thursday, urged the government to formulate laws that would curb the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria.

Oluwasola made the call as the world commemorates the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation with the theme ‘Unleashing the Youth Power’.

He said “we need more of government’s intervention in terms of policy.

“If there is a law in the country that bans female genital mutilation practice, it becomes easier to prosecute whoever is still practising it.

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“Again, if all the medical practitioners, doctors, nurses, midwives and those in the school of health technology make it a point of duty to include it in their curriculum, it will be easier at every point when we have people in need of healthcare for medical practitioners to advise them positively on this practice”.

Oluwasola added that though awareness was better than before, more was needed to completely eradicate the harmful age-long practice.

He noted that “many people in the rural areas still carry out the practice but many Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are now
liaising with the people to let them know that the practice is harmful and to find a way of reducing transmission of infection from the practice”.

The expert noted this was a plus for medical professionals as those who still practice the act were gradually understanding the harm
in the practice.

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