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World Medical Association ‘appalled’ at oral mutilation in parts of Africa

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7446.976-e (Published 23 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:976
  1. Chibuzo Odigwe
  1. London

    The World Medical Association has called for an end to the traditional practice of oral mutilation of infants and has lent its voice to the call for improved dental care services in Africa.

    The call was made last week in Nairobi by the association's president, James Appleyard, at the first ever planning conference for oral health in the African region.

    He said, “One of the most appalling customs, referred to …

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