Girls as young as three feared to be victims of female genital mutilation

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Girls as young as three feared to be victims of female genital mutilation
27th November 2014

A three-year-old girl is among the youngest patient to be admitted to a new specialist clinic dealing with female genital mutilation in London.

The toddler is one the youngest girls to be checked for signs of FGM at the University College Hospital clinic in Euston, which treats women of all ages.

The illegal practice of cutting or tearing female genitalia originates from sub-Sahara Africa with hundreds of cases now reported in the capital every year.
 
The clinic opened three months ago and is part of a wider push across the NHS to educate health workers to spot the hallmarks of FGM and provide the appropriate care and support.

Jane Ellison, Public Health Minister, said she is optimistic the practice can be ended.

She said: “I really think there is the potential, the way things have gone in the last few years, to end FGM in a generation in the UK and the way we do that is by not letting up and by keeping going.”

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