London - The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK recorded 5,391 new cases of genital mutilation between April 2016 and March 2017. This emerges from featured report by the British media reported yesterday. Compared to the same period last year, when the figures were first collected and 5,702 cases were recorded, slight decrease was recorded.
Half of all newly identified cases of genital mutilation were reportedly recorded in the London area. A third of the women and girls whose country of birth is known come from Somalia and had the operation there before they came to Great Britain.
In 112 cases, genital mutilation was found among British girls and women. According to media reports, it was mostly midwives and doctors in maternity wards who noticed the genital mutilation of their patients.
The care manager of the, Wendy Preston , was disappointed with the newly published figures. Despite increased attention to genital mutilation, "the number of women and girls who are victims of it is not falling fast enough," said Preston. She called for the decline in the number of nurses in British schools to be addressed by the government. These nurses could play key role in the fight against genital mutilation, Preston said.
Since July 2015, doctors and nurses have been required to report cases of genital mutilation to the NHS. Genital mutilation among girls and women is illegal in the UK and can be punished with prison sentence of up to 14 years. Departure for the purpose of genital mutilation is also criminal offense.