Actress and Television presenter Ama K. Abrebrese has expressed sorrow over charges rape victims pay after visiting medical centers for help.
Over the past few months, rape cases in Ghana have increased drastically. This has brought into the light, some challenges victims of rape go through daily.
Among these challenges is the fee that rape victims pay after having medical examinations. This cost about GHc300 and GHc800.
Speaking on the Ladies Point Show, the actress explained that limited resources by the government to medical practitioners and the lack of knowledge by some individuals of their rights have led to the exorbitant charges of medical fees.
“The attorney general department is supposed to compensate doctors and it seems like that system is not working so the response the Ghana medical association gives is to put that charge on victims and survivors of rape as that is problematic. Also, these medical checkups are free by law, so individuals are ignorant about this.”
She further stressed on the fact that young men and women must be educated to understand the importance of consent before sexual intercourse.
“We definitely need more education, and conversations of consent is very important to reduce the number of rape cases coming up”
UniversNews however engaged with some Ghanaians to find out their thoughts on whether or not rape medical examination fees be scrapped off.
“Government should be able to scrape of rape medical fees because it’s too expensive. And also people who are poor can not afford it” one said
“Rape cases have been rampant over the years so government should find a way of removing it from the system,” another said
“It should be removed because the person will be going through a lot and he or she is now going to think of medical treatments, this will affect the mental health of the individual”
The general public is hereby advised to visit www.change.org to sign a petition that will help scrape of Rape medical fees in Ghana.
Story by: Kabuki Ocansey | universnewsroom.com