The Perspectives And Practices Of Female Genital Mutilation Among Women Accessing Out-Patient Services At The University Of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, South East Nigeria
Context: Female genital mutilation is a gender based harmful practice that exposes women and the girl child to medical and obstetric complications. Accurate information is necessary for its eradication. Method: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 100 women aged 15-60 years at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu State, Nigeria. A systematic sampling method was used in the selection of the study subjects. A pre-tested, semi-structured, interviewer-administered questionnaire was used to assess their knowledge, attitude and practice toward female genital mutilation (FGM). Result Eight five (85.0%) of the respondents were aware of the ongoing campaign against female genital mutilation but the in depth knowledge was poor. Fifty-three (53.0%) and less than 50% understood the true meaning and complications of the FGM respectively. Seventy (70.0%) believed that circumcision is good and should be continued to preserve tradition/custom, 60 (60.0%). Of the eighty-two (82.0%) respondents circumcised, 66 (80.5%) were married. Traditional birth attendants, Nurse-midwives and medical doctors were all involved in this practice. Conclusion : There is need for more awareness campaign on Female genital mutilation.
Keywords: Circumcision, Genital, mutilation, Nigeria , practices.
Ebonyi Medical Journal Vol. 7 (1&2) 2008: pp. 14-20