Hospitals have been apprised by the police authorities against their rejection towards gunshot victims or the attitude of asking for police report before treatment.
SP Chike Oti, made mention of this at the during the report received that one hospital in Ikeja rejected a gunshot victim.
, Mr Adebayo Akinwunmi, a senior engineer in an information and communications technology company, was shot and wounded by armed robbers in his house at Ofada-Mokoloki, Ogun and was brought to Reddington Hospital, Ikeja for an immediate treatment only to be rejected by the above mentioned hospital because there was no report from the police.
The police command considered the action of the hospital as callous; but also regarding that the hospital management might be ignorant of the compulsory treatment and care of gunshot victims Act, 2017.
As a result of this progress, the Police Command wishes to inform all medical practitioners that the Act demands that every hospital in Nigeria, either public or private shall immediately admit any gunshot victim for an adequate treatment with or without police clearance.
According to him, hospital treating such a patient should report to the nearest police station within two hours of the commencement of treatment to enable the police carryout proper investigation.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal, has directed all Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers in the state to henceforth prosecute any medical practitioners, who reject gunshot victims for reasons of no police report.
Medical doctors should note that the Act recommends a five-year-jail term for any person, hospital or authority, who stands against or omits to do his/her bit which may result in the unnecessary death victim.