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Medics accused of aiding FGM

Medics in Narok County have been put on notice after it emerged that a number of them have been collaborating with locals to abet Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Narok County Commissioner Isaac Masinde accused the medics of writing an untrue report whenever a FGM case is presented to them so as to hide evidence in court of law and let the culprits free.

The revelation came after a woman was arrested in Limanet area, Narok Central Sub County for subjecting her two daughters to FGM.

However, after the two girls were taken to the Narok County Referral Hospital, the medics gave a primary report that the two victims had not undergone FGM.

This prompted the security team and the office of Director of Public Prosecution to threaten to take the girls to a far hospital for examination, only for the medics to release another report that shown that the two girls had indeed undergone FGM few weeks ago.

Masinde said another similar case was reported few days ago, where a medic gave a false report of a girl who had been arrested for undergoing FGM. Upon further examination in a different hospital, the girl was evidenced to have undergone FGM.

The county commissioner warned medics against giving unprofessional reports to hide culprits of FGM saying his office will liaise with Department of Health so as to have such nurses arrested, prosecuted and interdicted.

The woman arrested by the name Joyce Mwaniki, 35, is expected to be arraigned in court, where she will be charged for subjecting her two girls aged 15 and 17 years old to FGM.

The county commissioner thanked members of the public for volunteering information that led to the arrest of the suspect saying the practice was illegal in the country.

The incident comes only a few week after another woman was arrested at Naroosura area in Narok South Sub County for subjecting her two girls aged 11 and 13 years to FGM.

The woman by the name Nooparakuo Rinka was arraigned in court where she pleaded guilty to the charges and is awaiting her judgement on the 23rd January 2022.

FGM has been linked to early pregnancies as it is alleged that many girls feel mature enough to engage in sex after undergoing the cut.

By Ann Salaton

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