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Masaka Hospital Gets Facility to Handle Victims of Gender Based Violence :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Masaka Hospital Gets Facility to Handle Victims of Gender Based Violence

The facility has opened in the refurbished old Out Patient department and causality department at Masaka hospital amid increasing cases of violence against children and women. The facility been opened with funds from United Nations Population Fund-UNFPA and action Aid.

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A special facility to handle and investigate cases of gender based violence against women and children has opened to the general public for the first time in Masaka Regional Referral Hospital.

The facility has opened in the refurbished old Out Patient department and causality department at Masaka hospital amid increasing cases of violence against children and women. The facility been opened with funds from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Action Aid.

The project facility is implemented by MIFUMI, an International development and women’s rights organization.

Judith Nakalembe, the MIFUMI coordinator Masaka, says they have been forced to open up this facility because of the increasing cases of violence against children and women. She explains that they have so far registered 40 cases of violence against children and women since September in Masaka district.

Nakalembe says the victims include at least 30 defilement cases, one homosexuality case against a 10 year old boy and rape cases against women. She argues that  there are many other victims dying quietly in their villages.

Nakalembe therefore says they decided to open up the facility at Masaka Hospital because it registers many victims of gender based violence who fail to access legal services and counselling after.

Elieza Mugisha, the Masaka Hospital Principal Administrator, says the facility will go a long way in helping the victims’ access special medical services and counselling. He also says they plan to expand the facility to provide accommodation to badly affected victims who fear returning to their homes especially after defilement, rape and harassment.

Mugisha says they have realized that some victims have been infected with HIV AIDS due to defilement and rape.

 

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Fatuma Nalubega, a mother of two defilement victims, says she is happy with the facility. She says although police arrested Yusuf Ssekamatte last month for allegedly defiling her two children, she is not aware of any progress on the case.

She feels the opening of this facility would help her children get legal services.

Noah Sserunjogi, the Southern region Police Spokesperson also said he would verify and see the progress of the defilement case. He says he expected police to take the suspect to court but he would follow up the case.

Reports at Masaka regional referral Hospital indicate that 10 children seek medical examination after defilement every week.  But very few of these cases according to children right activists go up to court to get justice.

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