THE practice of injecting liquids into the penis or taking pills or creams for enlargement, can have long term consequences and even loss of use, says an official.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Representative Marielle Sander said that no one talked about this issue but it had debilitating consequences not only for the person but the family too.
“We have to commit to keeping girls and boys safe,” she said.
“This harmful practice can only lead to deformation of the penis (penis being misshaped) and in a worst case scenario, the boy or man can lose the use of his penis.
“This is why for boys today, it is important for them to learn about their own bodies; what is normal and what is considered dangerous.” It had been the trend that when boys learnt about male and female reproductive health, they were usually more respectful of girls and women, she observed.
“For many of these issues, we lack data on how many individuals and families were impacted,” she said.
“Without these important information, it is difficult for us to make informed interventions.” Sander said it was likely boys and girls would delay having sex if they learnt about risks of sexually transmitted infections, which had been on the rise.
“This practice of male genital harming now in PNG where they inject liquids to enlarge their penis is an area we (UNFPA) hope to address this year,” she said.
The National / PNG Health Watch
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