Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, on Wednesday warned that doctors who reject gunshot victims risk five years in jail.
The CP, who was reacting to the rejection of an armed robbery victim, Engr. Adebayo Akinwunmi, by doctors at Redington Hospital in Ikeja, Lagos for lack of police report, urged all area commanders and DPOs to arrest such medical practitioners for prosecution in line with the Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshot Act 2017.
In a statement by the state command’s spokesman, Chike Oti, the CO said the police viewed 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 2017 Act.
“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 receive for immediate treatment with or without police clearance any person with gunshot wounds.
“The Act, however, requires the hospital ttreating such a patient to report the fact to the nearest police station within two hours of the commencement of treatment.
“The CP wants doctors to note that the Act recommends a five-year jail term for any person, hospital or authority who stands by it or omits to do his bit which results in the unnecessary death of any person with bullet wounds.”