Osun State Rank Highest In Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has recently conducted a survey in Nigeria to identify the states with highest record of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
In the survey by UNFPA, Osun State recorded highest prevalence of FGM in Nigeria with over 76.3 per cent.
Damilola Obinna, a Gender Analyst with UNFPA, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that FGM was high in the South-Western region of Nigeria in spite of the geo-political zone’s high literacy and awareness rate.
“Aside from the immediate risks of FGM which includes haemorrhage, infections, and death, survivors of FGM are liable to present later in their lives recurring urinary tract infections, menstrual problems, reproductive tract infections, depression, sexual dysfunction and pain, and chronic genital pain.
“They are also at risk for several adverse complications for both mother and newborn during childbirth,’’ she said.
Mrs. Obinna said that in Lagos, the awareness of FGM was high but statistics showed that four out of 10 girls or women had undergone female genital mutilation.
She said that Lagos Island Local Government Area recorded the highest prevalence with 51.6 per cent while Somolu L.G.A. had the lowest prevalence with 20.9 per cent...