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Assessment of Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria

Assessment of Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria (A Case Study of Benin City)

ABSTRACT

This study was carried out on the assessment of female genital mutilation in the Nigeria case study Benin city. To achieve this 2 research hypotheses were formulated. Respondents were obtained from the staff of the University of Benin teaching hospital (UBTH). The survey design was adopted and simple random sampling techniques were employed in this study. The population size comprises the entire staff of the University of Benin teaching hospital (UBTH). In determining the sample size, the researcher adopted the Taro Yamani formula to select 133 respondents. A self-constructed and validated questionnaire was used for data collection. The collected and validated questionnaires were analyzed while the hypothesis was tested using Chi-square statistical tool SPSS v23. The result of the test revealed that female genital mutilation does have a significant effect on the sexual habit of the girl child. And the government does play a significant role in prohibiting female genital mutilation. Based on the above findings, the researcher recommended that efforts of stakeholders in health should be geared towards planning and implementing aggressive programs aimed at creating more awareness of the negative effect of FGM and its practice. Capacity-building should be organized for all cadres of health care providers to grossly know the elements of the practice of FGM and its implication for maternal and newborn health. All governmental and non-governmental organizations should put their hands on deck to eliminate this ugly trend.

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