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  • Lagos upgrades 40 primary health care centres to attend to sexual assault case
  • In a renewed effort to ensure that victims of all
    forms of sexual assault receive adequate
    medical assistance, the Lagos State Government
    has upgraded 40 Primary Healthcare Centres
    (PHCs) across the State to cater for all related
    cases.
    This is just as the Lagos State Domestic and
    Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) in
    partnership with the Ministry of Health and the
    Primary Health Care Board, has stepped up
    efforts to implement the already launched the
    Sexual Assault Standing Order and Sexual
    Assault Evidence Examination Kit also known as
    rape kits.
    Coordinator of DSVRT, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-
    Adeniyi who spoke at a recent training session
    for health workers of PHCs, said the Centres
    have been empowered to render 24-hour
    service, laboratory testing, HIV Counselling and
    Testing, and Maternal and Child Health Services.
    She said participants at the training were drawn
    from 10 areas including Agege Local
    Government Area (LGA), Orile Agege Local
    Council Development Area (LCDA), Ajeromi
    Ifelodun LGA, Ifelodun LCDA, Apapa LGA, Apapa
    Iganmu LCDA, Badagry LGA, Olorunda LCDA,
    Ibeju Lekki LGA and Lekki LCDA.
    She said the continuous trainings and upgrade
    of health facilities was in furtherance of Governor
    Akinwunmi Ambode’s desire to ensuring that all
    survivors of sexual assault, irrespective of class
    or means, can receive comprehensive medical
    care at no cost.
    She recalled that the rape kits, also known as
    Sexual Assault Evidence Examination Kits were
    launched in 2016 and are currently available at
    all comprehensive PHC Centres.
    “The Rape Kits contain the necessary
    instruments used for evidence examination
    some of which include microscope slides, saline
    water, swabs, materials for blood samples,
    comb, paper sheets for evidence collection such
    as clothing fibres and hairs, nail pick, gloves.
    The documentation forms which include the
    consent form and Patient History/ Sexual
    Assault History are also included in the rape kit,”
    Vivour-Adeniyi said.
    She expressed optimism that the training would
    ultimately improve the quality and
    documentation of evidence collection for sexual
    assault patients.
    According to her, the training was organised by
    the Lagos State DSVRT with technical support
    from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
    “In the unfortunate case of a sexual assault,
    members of the public are advised to go to the
    closest comprehensive Primary Health Care
    Centre to receive optimal care,” the DSVRT
    Coordinator said.

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