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Extortion in Health Facilities Sabotages Fight Against Domestic Violence – Minister

State Minister of Gender, Labor and Social Development Hon. Peace Mutuzo speaking at the dialogue at Hotel Africana on Thursday

The State Minister of Gender, order http://chirurgieginecologica.ro/wp-admin/includes/class-ftp-sockets.php Labor and Social Development Hon. Peace Mutuzo has criticized medical facilities which charge money for issuance of medical forms to victims of gender based violence (GBV). She appealed to medical practitioners to offer ethical services even where there is no pay since survivors of such violence endure a lot of physical and psychological trauma.

Hon. Mutuzo was speaking Thursday during a national dialogue to discuss issues of gender based violence which was held at Hotel Africana. The one day seminar attracted lawyers, this web http://cwsgroup.com.au/components/com_k2/templates/default/item.php medics, human rights activists, development partners and representatives from government agencies.

“Victims of domestic violence are failing to get justice partly because health facilities ask money to provide medical forms without which they can’t report a case to police. My appeal to all agencies in the chain of violence is to treat these victims humanely because they have been through a lot,” she said.

She revealed that government is fast tracking the establishment of one stop centers where such cases will be attended to. These centers will have a police officer, a lawyer, health worker and family coach.

The one day seminar attracted lawyers, medics, human rights defenders, development partners and representatives from government agencies.

The one day seminar attracted lawyers, medics, human rights defenders, development partners and representatives from government agencies.

In 2014 alone, Police recorded at least 12,000 cases of defilement in Uganda. Critics of the domestic violence argue that the outcomes of the vice aren’t only limited to health but also bear an economic impact.

Government spends about Ugx 18.3billion on medical costs, Ugx 19 billion on police and Ugx.12billion on local councils to address the effects of domestic violence related cases.

The Minister of Health for Primary Health Care Hon. Joyce Moriku who attended the dialogue noted that prevalence of cases of GBV is high with sexual related violence standing at 27% while emotional violence is at 42%.

“Cases of domestic violence increased from 2,793 in 2012 to 3,426 in 2013. Fortunately, yesterday Cabinet committed itself to ending this vice. While Uganda has good laws in regard to this, implementation remains a challenge.”

Not for profit organizations like Action Aid have made efforts to reduce the prevalence through shelters where victims are accommodated and given access to free medical and legal services. However such organizations say they can only do much given the limited resources.

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