Medical fees for examination or endorsement of medical forms of abused children is hampering investigation and subsequent prosecution, says the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit(DOVVSU).
Police Superintendent Florence Anaman, the Eastern Regional DOVVSU Commander, said many victims of child abuse such as rape or defilement cases are not able to pay the medical fees and often abandon the process seeking redress.
The DOVVSU Commander, who made this known at an end of year meeting of the Eastern Regional Multi-Sectorial Committee on Children, said once the victims refuse to proceed with the process, it also becomes difficult for her outfit to continue with investigations and prosecution.
The DOVVSU Commander appealed to the Committee to take up the issues and engage stakeholders to find a solution to ensure full protection of children who are victims of crimes.
Mrs Ellen Asare, a representative of the GHS, revealed that 8,196 teenage pregnancies were recorded between January-September 2019 representing 13 percent of all pregnancies in the region.
Mrs Asare said the GHS is implementing a project called “Safety Net” in Kwahu Afram Plains, Akyemansa and the Upper-Manya Krobo districts to track pregnant teenage girls till they deliver and are enrolled back to school.
Mr. Emmanuel Dartey, Eastern Regional Director of the Department of Children, urged all stakeholders including DOVVSU, CHRAJ, GES to continue in their efforts saying the committee would take up the issues raised to ensure full the protection of children in the region.