New Gender Violence Recovery Centre Opened At Busia County Referral Hospital

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Story/Reuben Olita

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of East African Community Dr. Kevit Desai has expressed optimism that the newly opened Gender Violence Recovery Centre (GVRC) at the Busia County Referral Hospital
(BCRH) will help address the plight of Gender Based Violence (GBV)
victims.

Speaking at the BCRH during the official launch of the GVRC, Dr. Desai
said the centre will be a link to ensure aspects of prevention,
awareness creation and coordination are addressed for the benefit of those affected

“All efforts are to ensure stakeholders contribute and make the centre
we have launched a more networked system to deal with issues related
to Gender Based Violence,” said the PS.

Busia Deputy Governor HE Moses Mulomi appreciated efforts by Master Card
Foundation and other stakeholders in setting up the unit which will
enhance the capacity to serve needy residents.

“By identifying this critical sector particularly GBV as a subject
Violence as a subject matter we know that you are dealing with
challenges that have been swept under the table for a long time in
this Country, “Mulomi explained.

H.E Mulomi who is also the acting Health Executive said the County
Government will establish a 10-bed capacity ward to handle GBV cases.

He disclosed that 99 cases of GBV have been reported at the center
since its inception in September 2020 to date while many others have
gone unreported.

State Department for Gender Director Protus Onyango said the centre
will go a long way in augmenting the services of various service
providers in the response mechanism in addressing the needs of
survivors of GBV.

He said: “Busia Gender Violence Recovery centre is now one of the few
centres across the country including Nairobi Women hospital, Kenyatta
National Hospital, Kilifi County Referral Hospital, Jaramogi Oginga
Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital and Makueni Referral Hospital.”

Onyango raised concern that Busia County is among the top four in
prevalence of cases of Gender Based Violence in the Country with cases
of defilement being so rampant.

The Executive Director Collaborative Center for Gender and Development
(CCGD) Masheti Mashinjila commended the Busia County Government and
the National Government for putting in place mechanisms through which cases arising
from GBV will be practically addressed.

Others present included Chief Officer Public Health Jonathan Ino,
Directors Dr. Janerose Ambuchi (Medical Services),Dr. David Mukabi
(Universal Health Coverage) and Busia Medical Superintendent Dr Namudala Emukule.

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