Healthcare charges for assessment or endorsement of healthcare varieties of abused youngsters is hampering investigation and subsequent prosecution says the Domestic Violence and Target Help Device (DOVVSU).
Police Superintendent Florence Anaman, the Japanese Regional DOVVSU Commander, stated a lot of victims of boy or girl abuse this sort of as rape or defilement scenarios are not capable to pay out the medical charges and normally abandon the process in search of for redress.
She mentioned some clinical officers charged service fees ranging between 150 and 300 cedis for health care endorsement or examination including that “parents or guardians of these victims always locate it complicated to pay back the income and hardly come back”.
The DOVVSU Commander, who made this known at an finish of year assembly of the Eastern Regional Multi-Sectorial Committee on Small children, mentioned when the victims refuse to proceed with the procedure, it also results in being tricky for her outfit to carry on with investigations and prosecution.
Yet another worry, she explained, was the lack of shelter to preserve abused or lacking little ones to help sleek investigation “so we are pressured to continue to keep these types of youngsters at the law enforcement station”.
The DOVVSU Commander appealed to the Committee to choose up the difficulties and have interaction stakeholders to come across a solution to make certain full security of small children who are victims of crimes.
The Committee is made of representatives from the DOVVSU, CHRAJ, ISD, Ghana Wellness Support (GHS), Ghana Education Provider (GES), Section of Gender of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Defense, Common authorities and Prepare-Ghana, ICDP and other NGOs working in the desire of little ones beneath the auspices of the Department of Youngsters beneath the Gender Ministry.
Mrs Ellen Asare, a agent of the GHS, exposed that 8,196 teenage pregnancies have been recorded between January-September 2019 representing 13 per cent of all pregnancies in the location.
She stated in order to control the trend, the GHS has set up counselling services and adolescent corners at all health and fitness amenities to supply counselling expert services to the youth.
Mrs Asare reported the GHS is implementing a job identified as “Safety Net” in Kwahu Afram Plains, Akyemansa and the Higher-Manya Krobo districts to keep track of expecting teenage women until they provide and are enrolled again to college.
Mr Emmanuel Dartey, Eastern Regional Director of the Division of Kids, urged all stakeholders which includes DOVVSU, CHRAJ, GES to carry on in their attempts expressing the committee would just take up the concerns lifted to guarantee entire the defense of children in the region.