Lagos Records 852 Domestic Violence Cases In Nine Months

Lagos Records 852 Domestic Violence Cases In Nine Months

…Set To Launch Short Code To Report Cases

Between January and September 2017, a total of 852 cases of domestic violence and related cases were recorded in Lagos State, the State’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) has disclosed.

Speaking on Tuesday at a media parley held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa to commemorate the Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem said out of the total number, there were 564 domestic violence cases, 60 defilement cases,  30 rape cases, 11 attempted rape, 123 child neglect and abuse cases, and 84 other cases.

Kazeem, who is also the Chairman of DSVRT, disclosed that the trend from the data showed an increase in men coming forward to report cases of domestic violence, just as he said that this year alone, a total number of 55 men came forward to report in contrast to 14 men that reported last year.

Lagos State Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice/Chairman, DSVRT, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem (middle), addressing the media during a parley to commemorate the Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. With him are Coordiantor, Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), Mrs. Titilola Vivor-Adeniyi (left); Director, Citizen and Right Alternate, Mrs. Omotilewa Ibirogba (2nd left); Divisional Police Officer, Adele Police Station, SP. Ayodele Umujose (2nd right) and Founder, Mirabel Centre, Mrs. Itoro Eze-Anaba (right).
Lagos State Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice/Chairman, DSVRT, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem (middle), addressing the media during a parley to commemorate the Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. With him are Coordiantor, Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), Mrs. Titilola Vivor-Adeniyi (left); Director, Citizen and Right Alternate, Mrs. Omotilewa Ibirogba (2nd left); Divisional Police Officer, Adele Police Station, SP. Ayodele Umujose (2nd right) and Founder, Mirabel Centre, Mrs. Itoro Eze-Anaba (right).

He said the data revealed that most of sexual assault cases were perpetrated in the afternoon during weekdays, while corroborating that 95 percent of the perpetrators of sexual violence are known to the victims, which according to him, necessitated the need to embark on sensitization campaigns for parents on parenting skills and child abuse prevention tips as well as trainings for children on child’s rights, child abuse, safety and how to preserve evidence.

While some of the cases have been charged to court, Kazeem said the State Government through the Ministry of Youth and Social Development and other stakeholders, provided shelter for the survivors.

Aside that, the Commissioner said all the survivors of sexual assault received medical attention from comprehensive Primary Health Care Centres and referral centres, among other efforts to properly rehabilitate and re-integrate them into the society.

Kazeem, however, noted that under the present administration, the interventions of DSVRT were gradually breaking the silence around issues of sexual and gender based violence in the State.

“There is a growing confidence urging people to speak out more, there is an astronomical increase in reporting of cases in the media. Lagos has indeed revolutionize the way sexual and gender based violence is being tackled in Nigeria with all the pioneering initiatives of Governor Ambode,” Kazeem said.

Besides, the Attorney General revealed that the State Government has concluded plans to launch a short service code that would afford residents the opportunity of reporting cases of domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse and other related offences with ease.

He said the initiative was aimed at ensuring that victims of all forms of abuse reach out to the appropriate agencies and receive timely information on what to do and where to get assistance.

“This would be achieved by members of the public using keywords, that is, ‘Child Abuse to 6820’ or *6820# and an interactive menu browser to get the relevant information from such users such as name, location, specific case or complaint which would in turn ensure that the whole response team is automatically activated.

“Anybody that needs to report a case of child abuse, rape or domestic violence or requires a child or a woman to be rescued can make use of the platform and should receive timely and accurate information”, Adeniji said.

Go For Regular Medical Check Up, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Urges Residents

Go For Regular Medical Check Up, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Urges Residents

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Wednesday enjoined residents of the state, to always go for medical check-up and engage in physical exercise, for good health and early diagnosis of medical conditions.

Mrs. Ambode gave the advice yesterday at her home town, Poka, Epe, in Eredo area of Epe Local Government, where she flagged-off a health outreach initiative, organized by the National Youth Service Corps.

In an emotion-laden address, she thanked people of the community for their support for the State’s administration led by her husband, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, promising that they would not be disappointed.

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd right), with Barr. Olayinka Oladunjoye (right); Aladeshoyin of Noforija, Oba Babatunde Ogunlaja (left) and APC Southwest Women Leader, Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson (2nd left) during the flag-off of the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers in Poka, Epe, Eredo LCDA, Lagos, on Tuesday, 29 August, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (2nd right), with Barr. Olayinka Oladunjoye (right); Aladeshoyin of Noforija, Oba Babatunde Ogunlaja (left) and APC Southwest Women Leader, Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson (2nd left) during the flag-off of the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers in Poka, Epe, Eredo LCDA, Lagos, on Tuesday, 29 August, 2017.

She said, “I am filled with joy as I join you this morning, not just as wife of the governor of Lagos State but also as a daughter of this great community, to flag-off the NYSC Health Initiative for rural dwellers programme, designed by the NYSC management to provide timely health intervention to rural dwellers.

“I want to appreciate the royal fathers and traditional rulers, my people of Poka and Epe in general, for your great support for the administration of my husband, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. You will not be disappointed.”

She said that the easiest way to discover upcoming unfavourable health conditions was through medical check-ups, which according to her would enable early diagnosis and easier management.

According to her, “Health is wealth, poor health is a common enemy to all and there is need for us to wage a collective war against it. This can only be achieved through early diagnosis and treatment”.

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (5th right);  NYSC State Coordinator, Prince Mohammed Momoh (4th right); Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon. Olusegun Olulade (6th right) and NYSC Medical Corp & Personnel during the flag-off of the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers in Poka, Epe, Eredo LCDA, Lagos, on Tuesday, 29 August, 2017.
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (5th right); NYSC State Coordinator, Prince Mohammed Momoh (4th right); Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon. Olusegun Olulade (6th right) and NYSC Medical Corp & Personnel during the flag-off of the NYSC Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers in Poka, Epe, Eredo LCDA, Lagos, on Tuesday, 29 August, 2017.

Mrs. Ambode extolled the contributions of the NYSC management to rural health development in Lagos State and urged people of the area to use the opportunity of the intervention to know their health status.

Earlier, the State Coordinator of NYSC, Prince Mohammed Momoh, noted that the Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers programme was introduced by the Director-General of the Corps in 2015, to mobilize corps medical volunteers in respective states, for health interventions through diagnosis, treatment, referrals and mass sensitization.

He said that since the inception of the scheme, about 3000 persons in 15 rural communities had been reached in the State, stressing that the Corps would work harder to cover more rural communities in the short time.

While commending the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for creating an enabling environment for the noble initiative of the NYSC to thrive in Lagos State, he reminded the people that the programme was for the benefit of all, hence the need for members of the benefitting communities to take ownership of its sustainability, saying the NYSC, would be motivated to do more, if it yields the desired result for which it was established.

The programme was well attended by Chairman House Committee on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade, APC Women Leader, Chief Kemi Nelson, traditional rulers in the area, council chairmen, law makers, politicians and prominent individuals across the State.

Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Tasks Mothers On Malaria Prevention

Mrs. Bolanle Ambode Tasks Mothers On Malaria Prevention

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Thursday advised mothers and mothers-to-be, to do all within their powers to prevent malaria rather than cure it.

She gave the advice when she visited the mother of triplets, Mrs. Segun Akinmosin, at the Epe General Hospital, on the occasion of the 2017 World Malaria Day, which had the theme, “A Push for Prevention”.

According to her, this year’s theme was a clear demonstration that prevention was cheaper and far better than cure, just as she advocated the use of insecticide treated nets, which was most effective in preventing malaria, accounting for an estimated 69 percent of cases prevented through control tools.

Mrs. Ambode noted that the administration in the state places the health needs of Lagosians on priority list, adding that maternal health would continue to be a priority, while also advising mothers and their children to sleep under treated nets.

She disclosed that the inclusion of mosquito nets aside other baby items in the gifts packs for the new borns was a deliberate, life-saving malaria prevention technique.

The representative of the Medical Director of Epe General Hospital, Dr. Jolaosho Adekunle and parents of the triplets, Mr. and Mrs. Segun Akinmosin, expressed appreciation to the wife of the Governor, stressing that her largesse couldn’t have come at a better time.

Since 2000, malaria’s prevention has played an important role in reducing cases and deaths, primarily through the scale up of insecticide treated nets and indoor spraying with insecticides.

World Malaria Day was established in May 2007 by the 60th Session of the World Health Assembly, a decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). It is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment, to support countries in their efforts to control and eliminate malaria, as well as provide education and understanding on malaria.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is shining a spotlight on prevention, a critical strategy for reducing the toll of a disease that continues to kill more people annually.

Lagos State Government Moves To Stem Suicide Attempts, Provides Helplines

Lagos State Government Moves To Stem Suicide Attempts, Provides Helplines

The Lagos State Government has expressed concern on the growing incidences of suicide attempts and as such has promised to educate members of the public on suicide and common causes with a view to stemming the spate of suicides and suicidal attempts recorded in the State in the past few weeks.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, made this known at a press briefing on mental health to commemorate the year 2017 World Health Day with the theme “Depression: Let’s Talk”.

Idris stated that suicide could be committed by people of all ages and listed its common causes as inability to deal with life stresses such as financial problems, relationship breakup, chronic pain and illness, adding that individuals experiencing conflicts, disaster, violence, abuse or loss and a sense of isolation are strongly associated with suicidal behavior.

The Commissioner noted that suicide rates are also high amongst vulnerable groups who experience discrimination such as refugees, migrants and prisoners, just as he said that depression tops the list of common causes of suicides.

According to him, depression is a common mental disorder, characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness and poor concentration.

“Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression which is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease,” he said.

While saying that more women are affected by depression than men, the Commissioner posited that depression can be long-lasting or recurrent, substantially impairing an individual’s ability to function at work or school or cope with daily life and can have devastating consequences for families, friends, communities and workplaces.

He stressed the need for coordination and collaboration amongst various sectors of the society including health, education, labour, justice, law, politics and the media, explaining that people suffering from depression need support to be courageous, come out to talk about it and shun the fear of stigmatization and discrimination.

He disclosed that the State Government has set up help lines – 08058820777 and 09030000741 – through which residents can ask questions, make inquiries and seek help from professionals early enough to allow for appropriate intervention.

“I must stress that there are people available to help. So, “Let’s Talk” …if you are a student, “Let’s Talk”, if you are a parent, “Let’s Talk”, “If you feel alone in the world, Let’s Talk,” he said.

Also present at the press briefing were the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health,  Dr. Modele Osunkiyesi; Permanent Secretary,  Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Atinuke Onayiga; Permanent Secretary, Health Service Commission, Dr. Jemilade Longe and Professor Abiodun Adewuya of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) amongst others.

Lagos Set To Establish Agency To Manage Health Insurance Scheme

Lagos Set To Establish Agency To Manage Health Insurance Scheme

…Partners Firm To End Medical Tourism
The Lagos State Government on Wednesday revealed plans to establish an agency by law to manage the State’s health insurance scheme expected to be rolled out soon.

Briefing Government House Correspondents at the end of a meeting of the AXA Mansard Insurance Group with the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris said the Government would provide the enabling environment for the private sector to participate in the scheme with the view to increasing access to healthcare delivery.

He said the Mansard Group has already indicated interest to be part of the State’s Health Insurance scheme, adding that Government would also appoint health insurance agents who would act between Government and the people to ensure the success of the scheme.

“They (Mansard Group) have expressed their interest to partner with us on our health insurance scheme which we are rolling out very soon. It is a financing scheme for the system and a way of introducing
reforms, re-jig the system and make it better.

“We have provided that enabling environment in the sense that we are going to have an agency by law and every resident of Lagos is going to contribute to that purse. We will be using both public and private health providers and that is where AXA Mansard comes in with healthcare facilities.

“Also to enable us process the programme properly, we are using what we call health insurance agents. Those ones will act between Government and the people with respect to providing the health insurance scheme,” Idris said.

The Commissioner also said that AXA Mansard Insurance Plc would also be partnering with the State Government to deliver affordable and quality health care service to the people and transform the State into the medical tourism centre not just for Nigeria but Sub-Saharan Africa.

Giving more details on the partnership, Chief Executive Officer of Mansard Insurance, Mrs Yetunde Ilori said having keenly followed the activities of the State Government and the passion of the Governor on healthcare delivery, the firm thought it important to partner with government in the best interest of the people.

“We are here to show our intention to partner with the State Government in the area of healthcare delivery and we are about putting in place in Lekki a world class 150-bed hospital.

“This is just a tiny bit compared to our need in Nigeria but we want to run like a hub and expand subsequently. We are going to have some Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) on the Mainland in Lagos and from there we go to entire Nigeria.

“We are not in any way in doubt of the support as pledged at the concluded meeting with the Governor that this is not going to be an abandoned project because we are going to have all the support needed and in that wise, our intention is to make Lagos a kind of medical tourism centre where people in sub-Saharan Africa will be coming to Nigeria to receive healthcare instead of going to places like India,” Ilori said.

On his part, Mansard’s Chief Client Officer, Mr Tosin Runsewe said the courtesy visit to Governor Ambode, apart from the partnership on healthcare delivery, was also to appreciate all the State Government has been doing in the last two years to revamp physical infrastructure in the State, adding that it was obvious that a lot had been done in scaling up ease of doing business and security.

“We are looking at partnering with the State in terms of social infrastructure and healthcare clearly falls along this line and we are bringing the expertise of Axa Mansard to bear upon this particular area. We will executive, over the next couple of years, social infrastructure in the area of medical facilities and we will be linking this with the health insurance we have already to ensure that Lagos residents have access to medical care at affordable prices,” Runsewe said.