Ogun State Government says it is already taking steps to tackle domestic violence by setting up Sexual Assault centres in the state in partnership with foreign development partners.
Governor Abiodun stated this as a special guest of honour at the 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association, Ogun Chapter, held at the NMA House, Abeokuta, saying it was hightime health practitioners, governments began to speak against assault of men by women as well while he also advised on more probable policies against the menace of domestic violence.
Abiodun who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo 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.
Abiodun while speaking on the efforts put in place by his administration to combat the menace of domestic violence, 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 is 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 tremendous support from the private sector to improve healthcare services in the state adding that the government is more poised to invest in the health infrastructure as well as boosting human resource at all levels including, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary health cares.
Coker expressed optimism that the Annual General Meeting of the NMA presents an avenue to review what has been done so far in the sector, plan for the future and see where the government as a policy maker can work hand in hand with clinicians to propel better and quality healthcare system for people of the State.
The Outgoing NMA Chairman, Dr. Oladayo Ogunlaja commended government for the support and motivation the government has given the medical doctors so far in the state while also thanking his colleagues for the opportunity and support he has received from them in taking the association to new level in the last two years.