The Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA), Ann Greene on Friday said that medical tests are conducted on all children who are found to be abused, followed by treatment offered by the state.Her comments came at a time when children have been reported to have contracted the deadly Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), as well as ruptured uteri during sexual abuse.“Every child that is taken into care that were abused gets a medical done. That’s part of it so every child has to have a medical examination (and) if there is anything found that child has to be treated,” Greene informed.She added that this treatment is provided free of cost by the State as a form of assistance.In addition to this, the Director of the Child Department noted that counselling is done with the affected child to ensure certain measures are not resorted to, including suicide.Greene was sceptical to divulge any information on the number of children who were treated for the various Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) or Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), explaining, “It damages children and it damagesDirector of CCPA, Ann Greenethings what we (are) doing”.A study recently conducted by ChildLink revealed that a number of children have suffered from a ruptured uterus as well as the most dreaded sexually transmitted disease, HIV.In this specific research, 338 victims were screened and at least four were discovered to have ruptured uteruses, among other health implications.The report said that many of the children had to be hospitalised as a result of the extent of the abuse, while some even required surgery for their injuries. On the other hand, some children became pregnant while others contracted HIV, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis, or other STIs.According to the report, children were even told that if they spoke out the abusers would tell people they have contracted AIDS.The document said, “Child sexual abuse [CSA] must be seen as an important path for the transmission of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other STIs including the virus that causes cervical cancer. Left untreated, some of these infections will lead to infertility and even death. A person who is abused in childhood and does not receive adequate medical attention, including STI screening, is at risk of suffering irreparable harm and innocently transmitting infections to others”.When it comes to other effects of child sexual abuse, ChildLink found that victims complained more of being sad, getting angry easily, feeling bad, thinking about the abuse “all the time,” crying a lot, feeling down or depressed, and “spacing out a lot.” Participants described feelings of loss of control over their emotions and their lives. Many reported new or nearly constant anxiety.Victims even reported that they are affected by nightmares, problems with sleeping or eating, flashbacks, numbness, irrational fears, incessant crying, and suicidal feelings, including significant suicide attempts.
TWO chapels – one Catholic and one non-Catholic – are to be opened at Letterkenny hospital.Following ongoing speculation regarding the plans for a Catholic Chapel at Letterkenny General Hospital, members of the Chaplaincy Team (Fr Martin Chambers, RC Chaplain; Ms. Kathleen Doherty, HSE Lay Chaplain; Rev Stewart Wright, COI Chaplain) met today and have issued the following statement:The Chaplaincy Team at Letterkenny General Hospital are delighted to confirm that in the spirit of Christian Unity all denominations will be fully accommodated in the new arrangements for public and private worship in the chapels which are to be created at the hospital. They have outlined that they feel positive about the new facilities and are hopeful that they will now be able to meet the spiritual needs of staff, patients and their families more effectively than they ever did before. The Chaplaincy Team have explained that these new arrangements will include a Catholic Chapel in which the Blessed Sacrament will be present and which will feature the symbols of Catholic faith such as a Tabernacle, Stations of the cross and statues which will be permanently displayed. There will also be an Ecumenical Chapel to cater for other Christian denominations including Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist Churches. A chaplain’s office and a quiet room for counselling will also be included. Currently members of the Muslim faith have access to a corridor in St Conal’s Hospital for Friday prayers and this arrangement will continue.The Team hope that this clarification will put an end to the unhelpful speculation and misinformation which has been in circulation and has been deeply upsetting for both them and those they minister to. They wish to acknowledge the trauma and distress which was caused to the entire community by the flood at the hospital which resulted in there being no designated area to worship and the Team being displaced so they had to struggle in difficult circumstances to minister to the needs of those under their care.The Chaplaincy Team have, however, been actively engaged in negotiations with hospital management and the design team to ensure that the difficulties which they have been encountered resulted in a positive outcome for all those who wish to worship and have their spiritual needs met within the hospital. They are confident that this partnership approach, has successfully achieved improved and enhanced facilities which will cater for all denominations. They have worked together to represent the views of the entire spiritual community who use the hospital which has been both challenging and rewarding. In doing so they have created accommodation which is superior in design and layout to what existed previously and which respect and honours the spiritual needs of all.The Chaplaincy Team are presently engaged in finalising the proposed layout of the new chapels. They look forward to welcoming all those they minister to in the coming months and they will continue to work to represent and meet their needs now and in the future. TWO CHAPELS TO BE OPENED AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL was last modified: February 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:catholic chapelletterkenny hospital