The United Nations Youngsters’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that it’ll prosecute well being employees that indulge within the medicalisation of Feminine Genital Mutilation (FGM).
UNICEF’s Youngster Safety Specialist, Enugu Subject Workplace, Victor Atuchukwu, stated this at a three-day sensitisation on FGM organised on Monday in Ideato North Native Authorities Space of Imo.
Mr Atuchukwu decried the medicalisation of FGM and warned medical personnel who engaged within the follow to desist forthwith or threat prosecution.
He stated the programme was focused at healthcare suppliers in private and non-private clinics.
He stated it was organised by UNICEF in partnership with the state Ministry of Gender Affairs and Susceptible Teams.
In line with him, a Nigeria Demographic Well being Survey (NDHS) analysis in 2018 put the share of women and girls that underwent FGM at 20 per cent for ladies aged 15-46 and 19.2 per cent for women aged 0-14 years.
Mr Atuchukwu additional stated that research point out that globally, an estimated 200 million women and girls live with the results of FGM.
He denounced the obnoxious follow, describing it as unethical.
He stated it contradicted the stipulations of the World Medical Affiliation, which require well being professionals to swear an oath to not inflict any hurt on their sufferers.
The UNICEF well being professional, due to this fact, suggested well being employees to imbibe professionalism as a manner of setting good examples for others to emulate.
“Well being employees in Imo and elsewhere in Nigeria are forbidden from performing FGM.
“Though FGM carried out by a medical skilled in a clinic or a hospital could cut back a number of the dangers of the follow to an extent, it doesn’t consider the explanation the woman is on the working desk within the first place.
“UNICEF will prosecute healthcare employees who indulge within the medicalisation of FGM as a manner of stopping non-professionals from participating within the obnoxious follow and decreasing the spate of FGM,” Mr Atuchukwu vowed.