Determined to offer proper care to survivors of Gender Based-Violence (GBV), the World Health Organisation (WHO) partnered Yobe state government for the training of 40 Doctors, Nurses and Midwives on Clinical Management of rape and intimate partner.
The training was conducted in Yobe State capital, Damaturu amidst strict Covid-19 preventive measures.
Mr. Muhammad Shafiq, the World Health Organisation Emergency Manager, Health Emergencies Programme who was represented by the National Consultant on Gender-Based Violence, Dr. Inigbehe Oyinloye, explained that the effort was aimed at building the capacity of the healthcare providers during emergencies.
“We carried out some assessments in Yobe health facilities that are providing Gender-Based Violence services and realized that among the health workers, there was poor capacity building. Inorder to close the gab and ensure the health sectors are strengthened to provide these services, we are equipping them to be able to have holistic care for the survivors” she said.
Earlier speaking, the Commissioner Yobe State Ministry of Health and Human Services, Dr. Mohammed Lawan Gana represented by the Director Nursing Services in the Ministry, Abdullahi Danchuwa revealed that, Yobe state had recorded over 700 GBV related cases within the last two years which need holistic approach to end the menace.
“Based on the data we have across the six Sexual Assault Referral Centres of the state, over 700 cases of GBV primarily either rape cases or intimate partner that have been reported” he explains.
Commending the World Health Organisation for assisting the State with developmental policies and programmes, provision of capacity building to health workers as well as provision of medical consumables across the state, the Commissioner equally added, more collaborations with government, parents as well as donor agencies need to be put in place so as to end the increasing challenge.
Some of the participants lamented that the training had given them better insights in managing the GBV survivors; however, they are asking the state government to assent to the Violence Against Persons’ Prohibition law that was signed into law in 2020 by the Yobe State House of Assembly so as to allow quick dispensation of justice for the survivors.
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