Awareness of Health Implications of Female Genital Mutilation among Parents in Orumba North L.G.A of Anambra State
Ezeama, M. C.1*, Onyejinaka, I. S.1, Iheme, V.1, Clement Nicholas1, Obasi, C. C.2, Nwosu, D. C.3, Nwanjo, H. U.3 & Uduji, H.3
1Department of Nusring Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Imo State University, Owerri
2Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Imo State University, Owerri
3Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Imo State University, Owerri
Dr. Ezeama, M. C., Department of Nusring Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, Imo State University, Owerri.
Keywords: Awareness Health; Implications; Female Genital Mutilation
This study is aimed at detecting the awareness of health implications of Female Genital Mutilation among parents in Drum ha North Local Government Area of Anambra State. In line with seven objectives, seven research questions and three hypotheses were formulated. Related literatures were reviewed and summarized descriptive survey research design was adopted. The sample for the study consisted of 200 male and 200 female parents from five randomly drawn villages in Oko and Ndiowu Community. The main instrument used for data collection was self developed structured questionnaire. Validity and reliability of the instrument were established. The instrument was -administered on face to face basis to the respondents by the researcher with the help of executive members of Oko Peoples Union (male and female wing). Data collected from 380 copies of the questionnaire were tallied and analyzed using descriptive statistics of percentage and grand mean as well as inferential statistics of chi-square test of relationship. Based on the findings, it was concluded that the level of awareness of health implications of FGM among parents in Orumba North Local Government Area was low. In the three null hypotheses tested for the study, two null hypotheses was rejected and alternate accepted and one null hypotheses was accepted indicating that awareness of health implications FGM were based on age and parity status. Based on the findings it was recommended among others that government, non-governmental organization as well as nurses and health education should intensify their campaign/education programmes on health implications of FGM at the grassroots.
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