No fewer than 20 million kids and girls are victims of feminine genital mutilation (FGM) within the nation.
Ms. Oluwakemi Akinleye, a gender desk officer on the Ekiti Ministry of Well being, gave the reveal on Tuesday in Ado Ekiti throughout a capability constructing of the Cease-Reduce mission for media practitioners in Ekiti state.
Akinleye stated throughout her speak, “A nationwide survey carried out in 2018 and nonetheless in progress reveals that roughly 19.9 million kids and girls have been victims of genital accidents to ladies. This quantity is alarming to us.
“In accordance with this scientific survey, the victims are between 15 and 49 years previous, a state of affairs wherein psychological, emotional, sexual and psycho-traumatic stress issues have an effect on their well-being.
“FGM is a nasty follow, whether or not conventional or medical. The medicalization of FGM, which is completed by docs, nurses, and different well being authorities, doesn’t make the follow wholesome and protected. “
Ms. Akinleye warned dad and mom to chorus from FGM, which continues to be practiced on the African continent, notably in Nigeria, saying it has critically harmed ladies’s lives.
She revealed that Ekiti has the best prevalence price within the Southwest, with Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, and Osun states in that order.
“Ekiti has a prevalence price of 72.9 p.c within the southwest. Nevertheless, as a consequence of political will, it has dropped to 57.9 p.c and stakeholder consciousness and advocacy should proceed to have the ability to win the battle.
“In Ekiti, native governments like Ikere, Ido / Osi, Ikole, Ekiti West and Ekiti Southwest have been discovered to have the best prevalence price, whereas Ekiti West has the best prevalence at 85.2 p.c.”
Nevertheless, Akinleye expressed concern that the rising mindset that FGM might be profitable and with out penalties if carried out by medical consultants will change into a significant stumbling block to the battle on FGM within the nation.
The Govt Director of the Gender Relevance Promotion Initiative (GRIP) Barr. Rita Ilevbare suggested stakeholders together with authorities, civil society and non-governmental organizations to step up their efforts to cease FGM and shield the lives of Nigerian kids and girls.
Ilevbare stated great consciousness of the authorized course of is required and that litigation is ready for FGM offenders to dissuade them from endeavor such an unhealthy activity.
“FGM has no benefit, it ruins individuals’s lives. Each successive authorities should have the political will to make use of all assets and create the authorized framework to assist checkmate practitioners. This stays one of the simplest ways to guard individuals from childhood by way of maturity. “