Circumcision has become a cash cow for clinics in Europe but Nigerians who live there are not finding it funny.

To circumcise their baby boys, they have to spend between 467.85 Euros, about 200,000 naira and 1,169.62 Euros, about 500, 000 naira.

According to a News Agency of Nigeria, NAN in Bern Switzerland, the procedure is not common in many hospitals therefore parents patronise clinics where they have no option but to pay the exorbitant fees.

This cost however varies from country to country.

Mr Uche Erebuna, a member of the Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) Switzerland, told the NAN reporter that the cost of circumcision also depended on the weight of the child.

“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 700,000 naira, for both of them.

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“This is considered cheap as it could have been about a million naira,” Erebuna recounted.

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

“On both occasions, I paid 500 Swiss franc, about 170,000 naira per child to a clinic in Zurich. I couldn’t start traveling to Nigeria for this purpose, it will cost me more,” she said.

Some others who spoke to NAN from Italy, France and Germany also had the same problem.

They opined that the high cost is due to the specialty of the process- which is a regular practice among immigrants.

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.

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