Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the most common form of female genital cutting (FGC), affecting around 90 million women worldwide.
It is the latest form of violence against women and girls, which has been condemned in recent years by the UN and has been linked to severe health consequences including HIV/Aids and death.
The Guardian has reported on how some British doctors are using female genital mutilators as surgical tools in the UK.
One surgeon told the newspaper: I have used it in my practice, it’s done by female surgeons who are doing it for the male population.
‘It’s the same as if you got a syringe.
You take a syringes and fill them up with something, and you put a bit of the stuff in there.
And then when the syringe has gone, you take another syringe and put another bit of that stuff in it.
And the syringers are filled up again.
The procedure is a relatively quick and painless procedure.
According to the NHS, in 2010-11 the number of female patients needing urgent care after being cut was 9 per cent higher than the number needed for male patients.
But some NHS doctors say they can’t provide the care they need, because the medical infrastructure is not up to the task.
Some doctors say that, for example, there is a lack of facilities for staff to care for FGM survivors and that it is impossible to find qualified staff to provide care.
Female genital mutilated patients need specialist care, not only because they are less likely to have the disease but because there is no available treatment for the condition, the National Health Service (NHS) said.
FGM is a very real problem, it has a significant impact on the health of the patient and, therefore, on the wider community.
In 2015, the NHS was forced to admit that more than 1,000 women and children were at risk of being FGM victims in the United Kingdom. More: