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Availability and types of post-rape services in government-owned health institutions in Edo State, Nigeria

Ndubuisi Mokogwu , Essy Clementina Isah,

Department of Community Health, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, PMB 1111, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria;

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Received: 22 August 2020        Accepted: 9 September 2020        Published: 24 September 2020

Citation: Mokogwu N, Isah EC, Availability and types of post-rape services in government-owned health institutions in Edo State, Nigeria. Trop J Med Dent Pract 2020; 1(1):31-37 doi: https://doi.org/10.47227/tjmdp/v1i1.5

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Abstract

Background: Healthcare services are vital in the treatment, prevention of complications and rehabilitation of victims following rape. The objective of the study was to identify the types and quality of post-rape services available and offered by Public Health Facilities in Edo State, Nigeria.
Methods: This was a cross sectional study which involved purposively selected units in Public Health Facilities where post-rape care was offered. Data was collected using a checklist adapted from the World Health Organization to objectively assess score the quality and assess the availability of functional facilities for post-rape care services.
Results: Eleven units were surveyed in the four health facilities. The post-rape services available in all four health facilities were already existing health services which had post-rape services embedded within the units in these facilities. No facility had a pre-packaged rape kit; only two (18.2%) units had a private room available for 24 hours where rape victims were managed; HIV and pregnancy testing services were available in all the units while 10 (90.0%) units had post exposure prophylaxis to HIV. All 11 (100.0%) units surveyed were categorized as offering poor quality care using a composite quality of post-rape care score.
Conclusion: The quality of post-rape care offered by Public Health Facilities in Edo State was poor due to inadequate facilities. More resources need to be devoted in meeting the post-rape care needs of victims. 

Keywords: Post-rape Services; Health Facilities; Edo State

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