It Is Now A Crime To Refuse To Treat Victims Of Gunshot
Those who work in health institutions can now heave sigh of relief and feel free whenever duty calls to attend to victims of gunshots.
Many Nigerians have died of gunshot wounds in the past because medical personnel feared being labelled accomplices.
This is because there was a law mandating victim of gunshots to obtain police report before they can receive medical treatment.
Some hospitals also would insist on receiving cash deposits before saving the life.
But all that changed on Friday after the President signed into law a raft of bills, including the Compulsory Treatment for Victims of Gunshot.
An aide to the president on legislative matters, Senator Ita Enang was the one who disclosed this to State House correspondents in Abuja.
Enang said the Gunshot Act specifically states that a person with gunshot shall be received for immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria with or without initial monetary deposit.
He explained that “furthermore, a person with gunshot wound shall not be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment or torture by any person or authority, including the police and other security agencies.”
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