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The Ogun State government says it has set up Sexual Assault Centres in a bid to combat domestic violence in the State.
The state governor, Dapo Abiodun disclosed this on Wednesday at the 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association, Ogun State Chapter, held at the NMA House, Abeokuta.
Abiodun, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi, charged health workers to educate people on the danger of violence.
Talabi noted the imbalance in the fight against domestic violence, adding that men are also being violated. He said attention should be on both genders.
This was contained in a statement issued by Odunayo Ogunleye, the Information Officer, Office of the SSG made available to PLATFORM TIMES.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that Abiodun revealed that efforts are being made to establish digitalised health centres to further combat the menace of domestic violence in the State.
The statement reads, “It is hightime health practitioners, governments began to speak against assault of men by women as well while he (Abiodun) also advised on more probable policies against the menace of domestic violence.
Talabi said, “Domestic violence or assault as the case may be, you will agree with me has taken a different dimension nowadays, as we now have women also abusing men and I want our health practitioners to also speak against this in their fora.
Speaking on the efforts put in place by Abiodun’s administration to combat the menace of domestic violence, Mr Talabi hinted that, “Sexual Assault Centres we’re already being opened across the state to serve justice to victims in partnership of reputable development partners, adding that his administration is determined to ensure quick dispensation of domestic violence and sexual assaults related cases in the state to deter those that have such tendencies.”
Abiodun also informed that machinery was already being put in place to digitize healthcare delivery services, starting with the Primary Health Care facilities in the state for efficient and effective service delivery.
On her part, the Commissioner for Health, Dr (Mrs) Tomi Coker, affirmed that the state government has enjoyed support from the private sector to improve healthcare services in the state.
Dr Coker added that the government was poised to invest in the health infrastructure, as well as boosting human resource at all levels including, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary health cares.
The outgoing NMA Chairman, Dr. Oladayo Ogunlaja, commended government and colleagues for the support and motivation the government has given the medical doctors so far in the state.
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