The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Primary Health Care Board at the weekend launched the Sexual Assault Standing Order and Sexual Assault Evidence Examination Kit, also known as rape kits. This is in line with the mandate of Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
Coordinator of the DSVRT, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi said the launch was done at a training session for Health workers of Primary Health Care Centres. She listed the five pilot centres to include Ogudu, Ita-elewa in Ikorodu, Ajilete in Ifako-Ijaiye, Palm Avenue in Mushin and Oshodi in Oshodi-Isolo.
She said the selection of the pilot PHC’s was methodically done as statistic reveals that sexual and gender based assault related crimes are most prevalent in these areas. These centres render 24 hours service, laboratory, HIV Counselling and Testing, and Maternal and Child Health Services.
According to her: “the Rape Kits contain the necessary instruments used for evidence gathering and examination some of which include microscope slides, saline water, swabs for collecting fluids from delicate body parts like the lips, cheeks, thighs, private parts.