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Police Lacks Forensic Clinics For Sexual Violence Victims

The Uganda Police Force is yet to construct a fully-fledged clinic where they carry out examinations on victims of assault and currently have to rely on government health centres and on doctors in private practice.

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The Uganda Police Force is yet to construct a fully-fledged clinic where they carry out examinations on victims of assault and currently have to rely on government health centres and on doctors in private practice.

Victims of sexual violence and assault are supposed to be examined on Police Form three (PF3) by a medical doctor.

However currently in Kampala police has to rely on doctors in private clinics who later turn up in court to testify.  Two clinics police recommend for this service are on Bombo road and another in Kabalagala. Both clinics are run by former police officers.

The Director Police Medical services, Dr. Moses Byaruhanga said that lack of a proper medical clinic is one of the things that were inherited from the colonialists.

Dr. Byaruhanga said that people seeking examination should go to the nearest police clinic but many people prefer private clinics.

 

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However when challenged that even the service offered by the private clinics where people are sent by police like the Bombo road clinic commonly referred to as the police surgeon were greatly lacking in equipment, Dr. Byaruhanga said he did not have control over private clinics.

He added that it’s only when they feel the service in these private clinics is lacking of when there is a grave misconduct that police can intervene.

Agatha Atuhaire, a pregnant journalist who was recently assaulted by a taxi conductor, experienced first-hand procedure at such a clinic. When she visited the clinic she was told to undress and wait for the doctor. When the doctor finally came, he only looked at her naked body without any equipment and filled out her PF3 saying there were no signs of abortion.

But Dr. Byaruhanga said that police also lacked personnel to carry out forensic examination and only has personnel in Arua, Gulu, Mbale and two in Kampala.

When asked what became of the project in Mulago hospital where doctors were supposed to examine victims of sexual violence and assaults Dr. Byaruhanga said the project had closed.

He however explained that police had secured funding from the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) to pay 25,000 shillings to a doctor who examines a victim of sexual violence and 50,000 shillings for a post mortem.

 

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Dr. Byaruhanga said that issue of lack of a proper police surgeon would be dealt with in the near future because police is currently building a facility that will house it next to the Naguru motor vehicle testing centre.

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