Midwives in UK not trained on FGM

21 Feb

After alarming results of a survey in UK – call to train midwives

LONDON – According to a new survey the awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) needs to raise among midwives in the UK. As the news agency Press Association reports on nursingtimes.net a third of midwives in the UK are confronted with FGM, but just a small number is trained for that issue. “It worries me greatly that so many UK midwives are seeing cases of FGM, and I am concerned about the scale and extent of it in this country”, declares Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, dismayed.
Namely 66 000 girls and women in the UK are affected by FGM. And: In many cases details are not collected.
Dealing with that issue has become even more pressing, explains Warwick further. With an estimate of up to 24 000 girls in the UK are at risk from FGM.
“We must take a zero tolerance line on FGM and do all we can to see it stopped in the UK and elsewhere.”

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