Nigerians in Europe decry high fees for male child circumcision

Nigerians in Europe decry high fees for male child circumcision

- Nigerians living in Europe have narrated how they are being charged high fees to have their male children circumcised

- One of the women said she paid as high as N700,000 to have twin male children circumcised

- According to the woman, the price is considered cheap as some hospitals will charge as high as N1 million for such procedure

A cross section of Nigerians in Europe have decried the high fees charged for circumcision of baby boys in clinics.

The Europe Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, May 15, in Bern, reports that the procedure is not common in many hospitals therefore parents patronise clinics – with cost ranging between 467.85 Euro (N200,000) and 1,169.62 Euro (N500,000).

Although this vary from country to country.

Speaking on the issue, Uche Erebuna, a member of the Nigerian In Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) Switzerland, said that the cost of circumcision depended on the weight of the child.

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“Baby circumcision is not a common practice here, so immigrants who have this culture have to look for clinics where doctors can perform it.

“I have twin boys and they were circumcised at the age of one. I paid 1,637.15 Euro (about N700,000) for both of them. This is considered cheap as it could have been about a million naira" Erebuna said.

Similarly, Gloria Edema, a housewife with two male children aged four and two said that her kids were circumcised at two months old respectively.

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“On both occasions, I paid 500 Swiss franc (N170,000) per child to a clinic in Zurich. I can not start traveling to Nigeria for this purpose, it will cost me more."

Some others who spoke to NAN from Italy, France and Germany also expressed the same concern. They opined that the high cost was due to the specialty of the process, which is a regular practice among immigrants.

NAN gathered that however, in the UK, the cost for such procedure is a lot cheaper given the big immigrant and Jewish communities - with affordable and easy access to medical practitioners. earlier reported that a Facebook user had called out the Nigerian government after a lady died during childbirth at the internally displaced persons camp in Bakassi.

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Peter Enyievi said late lady went into labour and gave birth to her child on the floor of a classroom before given up the ghost.

He urged the federal government to look into the plight and challenges faced by displaced person living in the various camps.

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