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Call made for stepped-up efforts towards doing away with harmful customary practices in Northern Red Sea region

The Health Ministry’s branch in the Northern Red Sea region has called for stepped-up efforts towards doing away with harmful customary practices.

Massawa, 18 February 2014 – The Health Ministry’s branch in the Northern Red Sea region has called for stepped-up efforts towards doing away with harmful customary practices. It made the call at respective meetings in Foro, Gelalo and the port city of Massawa, during which the negative impact of FGM on the psychology and health of women, was stressed and communal participation is a prerequisite towards enforcement of the national proclamation in this regard.

Speaking at the meetings, Dr. Yohanes Tekeste, Head of the branch office, noted the significance of higher community awareness to this end, and disclosed that instance of FGM has dropped by 13% during the period 1995 to 2010.

Also speaking at the meetings, the Administrators of Foro, Gelalo and Massawa sub-zones respectively stated that efforts being exerted towards doing away with harmful customary practices are on the decline, and that enhanced promotional activities need to be conducted for  still more gratifying outcome.

The participants of the meeting on their part asserted that they would enhance participation in such ventures.

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