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Groups join hand to end FGM as African Child day is celebrated.

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Grassroots Female Genital Mutilation activists and medical Practitioners they have condemned the rise of FGM .

By Brighton Makori .

Kisii Kenya 16 June 2021 ……………. As the data of Female Genital Mutilation still worrying in Gusii region and many campaigns have been mooted to help end these harmful traditions, Medical practitioners,Activists from various groups have condemned the rise.

Speaking to Gusii star during the marking the celebrations of the African Child Day, the two groups resolved to work as a team to end FGM as Kisii was ranked third with 84% on matters FGM.

Led by Ruth Mogaka Head of Gender mainstreaming at Kisii Teaching and Referral hospital said the harmful traditional practices such as FGM continue to define the lives of girls in Gusii community up to this era.

For many years, FGM in particular has affected the social economic well being of our girls and it’s time as stakeholders we continue the campaign against the practice, “said Mrs Mogaka.

Ruth added that more is need to to curb the menace as she applauded the government, NGOs, the church and political leaders and individuals who have mooted many campaigns to help end this harmful practice.

She added that it has been noted that FGM practices are on the rise during holidays when so many activities usually take place and the practitioners take advantage of conducting such practices, parents planning to transport their girls upcountry to go for the cut.

She observed that the practice was still thriving among locals despite the residents being aware of its dangers.

Mrs Mogaka said that the most disturbing thing is that our community is still practicing FGM even though they know the risks involved , pointed that there is need for the research to be conducted to establish why FGM was widespread .

Executive Director at CECOM Stella Achoki said despite the quality health care in the region with so many private hospitals around it has come to their attention that health care workers are carrying out FGM practices in such hospital.

She stated that the practice has now moved to private clinics, within houses and estates.

Ms Achoki said that the most disturbing thing is that our community is still practicing FGM even though they know the risks involved, pointed that there is need for the research to be conducted to establish why FGM was widespread .

Recent phenomenon which was conducted by the Kenya demographic health statistic in 2020 shows despite the rapid urbanization of the whole Kisii, this does not influence decline of FGM like other urbanizing communities.