Reject Gunshot Victims, Go To Jail – Police

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By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos Command Edgal Imohimi has warned doctors and hospital management against rejection of victims of gunshot injury, saying that such act is crimimal.
Disclosing that such act is punishable and attracts a 5-year jail term, Edgal warned that any doctor or hospital management that engages in the act henceforth risks the wrath of the law.
Edgal, who drew the attention of medical practitioners tothe “Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims  Of Gunshot Act, 2017”, explained that the Act  demands that every hospital in Nigeria whether public or private shall accept or receive for immediate and adequate treatment with or without police clearance any person with a gunshot wounds. 

He however added that the Act requires the hospital treating such a patient to report the fact to the nearest police station within two (2) hours of commencement of treatment.  

 
The police boss gave the warning while reacting to a report in one of the national dailies of a gunshot victim that was rejected by an hospital in the state.
In a released by the command’s publuc relations officer SP. Chike Oti, he informed the doctors that the Act recommends a 5-year-jail term for   any person, hospital or authority who stands by or omits to do his bit which results in the unnecessary death of any person with bullet wounds.
The statement reads, “The attention of the Nigeria Police, Lagos State Command, has been drawn to the  Punch Newspapers publication of Monday, May 14, 2018, captioned ” Hospital rejects victim over bullet injuries.”
The story goes that one Engr. Adebayo Akinwunmi, a senior engineer with an Information and Communications Technology company,  was shot and wounded by armed robbers in his house at Ofada-Mokoloki, Ogun state and was brought to Reddington hospital, Ikeja for treatment only to be refused admission on the unlawful and inexcusable grounds that there was no police report.
The Command considers the action of the hospital as cruel; perhaps, an indication that the hospital management may be ignorant of the “Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims  Of Gunshot Act, 2017”.
In the light of this development, ” “The Command wishes to inform all medical practitioners in Lagos state , that the Act  demands that every hospital in Nigeria whether public or private shall accept or receive for immediate and adequate treatment with or without police clearance any person with a gunshot wounds.
The Act, however requires the hospital treating such a patient to report the fact to the nearest police station within two (2) hours of commencement of treatment.
The Commissioner of Police,  Lagos State, CP Imohimi Edgal, saddened by the allegation against the Reddington Hospital, has directed all Area Commanders and  Divisional Police Officers in Lagos State  to henceforth arrest and diligently prosecute any medical practitioner who rejects a gunshot victim on the ground of no police report.
The CP wants doctors to note that the Act recommends a 5-year-jail term for   any person, hospital or authority who stands by or omits to do his bit which results in the unnecessary death of any person with bullet wounds”.

 

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