The newly-appointed Coordinator of Edo State Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Benin, Dr. Georgina Eromosele, has sorted the cooperation of Edo residents to tackle sexual and gender-based violence in the state.
She made the call yesterday in Benin while assuming duty at the center named after the late teenager victim of rape, Vivian Ugu.
Eromosele highlighted ways Edo residents can provide support to include prompt reporting of incidents of sexual and gender-based violence, as soon as they happened, to law enforcement agencies, to get victims to avail themselves of medical and sundry services at the center amongst others.
She assured residents of round-the-clock response at the center, stressing that the government had equipped the center to cater for the needs of survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, with a plan underway for 24/7 phone helpline for the public for prompt, secure, and unhindered reporting of sexual assault and gender-based violence.
Eromosele said the help rendered to the victims was free of charge.
She said Obaseki and his wife were passionate about addressing the rising incidence of sexual violence.
She said the government would establish branches of the center in the 18 local governments, to tackle rape.
Said she: “The Vivian Centre is one of a kind in the country. It is well-positioned to serve as a safe environment where survivors are given the required care and support they need, including medical examination, screening, and preventive treatment for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted infections.
“The collection of forensic evidence and the screening for drugs, where the use of stupefying substances is suspected, are also part of the center’s tasks.”
Eromosele, who had served as the head of the District Hospital, Ekiadolor, near Benin, advised Edo residents to support the Obaseki administration.