Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Fgm, Uvulectomy and Extraction of Canine Milk Teeth Follicle among Mothers of Children under the Age of One Living In Gondar Town

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  • Genet Kiflu UoG
  • Solomon Amsalu UoG
  • Melkie Edris UoG

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20372/ejhbs.v6i1.210

Abstract

Introduction: Traditional cultural practices reflect values and beliefs held by members of a community for periods often spanning generations. Every social group in the world has specific traditional cultural practices and beliefs; some of these practices are harmful to a specific group of the population, such as women and children.

Objectives: The objective of the study is to assess knowledge, attitude and exercise (KAP) of harmful traditional practices (FGM, uvulectomy and extraction of canine milk teeth follicle) among mothers of infants living in Gondar town.

Methods: A community based crosssectional study was conducted among mothers of infants living in Gondar town. Mothers living in four kebeles of the town were interviewed using a pre-tested questionnaire prepared for this purpose to assess their knowledge, attitude, and practice of harmful traditional practices.

Results: A total of 503 mothers were interviewed on their knowledge, attitude, and exercise of harmful traditional practices in children. Mothers’ age ranged from 16 to 45 years, the median age being 25. The majority (69.1%) were Orthodox Christians and(92.2%) Amhara by ethnicity. The educational status of 45.8% of the mothers was below high school. FGM, uvulectomy and extraction of canine milk teeth were considered to be valuable by 2.2%, 19.7%, and 14.5% of the mothers, respectively. The prevalence of FGM, uvulectomy and extraction of milk teeth of infants was 1.2%, 22.9% and 10.9%, respectively. Low level of maternal and paternal education and low income increased the risk of these harmful practices.

ConclusionsThe prevalence of uvulectomy and extraction of milk teeth is high. A multidisciplinary approach involving all sectors is recommended for their eradication.

 

Author Biographies

Genet Kiflu, UoG

School of Public Health, Gondar College of Medicine and Health Sciences

 

Solomon Amsalu, UoG

Department of Pediatrics, Gondar College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Melkie Edris, UoG

School of Public Health, Gondar College of Medicine and Health Sciences

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2014-09-10

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Kiflu G, Amsalu S, Edris M. Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Fgm, Uvulectomy and Extraction of Canine Milk Teeth Follicle among Mothers of Children under the Age of One Living In Gondar Town. Ethiop J Health Biomed Sci [Internet]. 2014 Sep. 10 [cited 2024 May 30];6(1):3-9. Available from: https://journal.uog.edu.et/index.php/EJHBS/article/view/210

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