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Lagos State is Appealing to Health Care Providers to Stop the Rejection of Gunshot Victims & Other Trauma Patients

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Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, issued a statement on Sunday appealing to all “health care providers, including public and private health facilities operating in the State to stop the trend of rejecting gunshot victims and other trauma patients on the excuse of requiring a police report or the need to provide evidence of funds before commencing treatment”.

The statement is a reaction to investigations by the Ministry of Health revealing that some health facilities in the state are in the habit of rejecting or delaying care to trauma victims, which has in some cases resulted in avoidable loss of lives.

He urged hospitals, health centres and clinics to offer immediate comprehensive care to gunshot victims and other trauma patients without let or hindrance in line with the Federal Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017.

He noted that health care providers hold it duty-bound according to their professional oaths to first save lives by offering immediate attention to any patient requiring urgent critical and lifesaving supportive care before any other considerations.

Akin Abayomi said:

Such critical care should include where necessary all measures stabilize the patient before onward referral to more equipped facilities. Simple procedures such as attempts to arrest bleeding or intravenous fluids could make all the difference to saving life. With this Act, it has become legally wrong for healthcare providers to delay attending to victims of gunshots and any other trauma under any circumstances. It is in this wise that I want to make it clear that the Lagos State Government will not hesitate to explore this law and to apply suitable sanctions against facilities that contravene the principle and body of the act.

4 Comments

  1. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    December 31, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    This is first significant step taken by a sensible Nigerian towards ending the cruelty and inhumane treatment of our fellow Nigerians by those in government. All Doctors and Nurses were trained to save lives. In Nigeria the opposite is the case. Government promulgate laws which bars our emergency room doctors and Nurses never to admit or treat gunshot victims and ghastly motor accident victims unless they produce a police report first. Who in their right sense of mind goes to the police to ask for a police report before embarking on a journey. TELLING THEM i AM TRAVELLING FROM KADUNA TO Lagos just in case i got into an accident. I NEED a POLICE REPORT to take with me on my journey to Lagos to enable DOCTORS ANYWHERE, in hospitals along my journey paths TO BE ABLE TO ADMIT ME TO THE TRAUMA WARD AND TREAT ME IN CASE I HAD AN ACCIDENT. OUR LEADERS IN NIGERIA ARE MOSTLY RETARDED AND THEIR ACTIONS DON’T ALWAYS MAKE SENSE.. NOW YOU KNOW. A WORD IS ENOUGH FOR THE WISE. I’M JUST SAYING.

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    • by_stander

      January 2, 2020 at 8:43 am

      I like this comment, but let me just add there is no such thing as government of the day. what we have in Nigeria are rent-seekers

      rent-seeking lawyers and rent-seeking accountants, they persist through out.

      The only reason this is become an issue is because its starting to back-fire for them and Nigerians are becoming more and more aware of their inalienable rights as human beings.

      Also this Governor can speak out about alot of things because he is not a Lawyer or an Accountant.

  2. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    December 31, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    There is a Law prohibiting our Doctors and nurses from attending to gunshot victims and Car accidents victims from being admitted into the emergency rooms or ever being treated by any Doctors or nurses at the Hospital at the time they were brought into the hospital. This law was promulgated some time in the 1990s when armed robbers and police personnel s used to engage in gun fight. The armed robbers will escape with gunshot wounds while police will sustained many casualties. to put an end to the menace of the armed robbery attacks the government of the day promulgated this law. The issue you are talking about is another animal.

  3. by_stander

    January 2, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Thank you Mr Governor for weighing on this.

    This is one of the benefits of having a Governor that is not a rent-seeking Lawyer or Accountant.

    There are a lot of things that still have to be made mandatory for hospitals in Nigeria to curb what i can only describe as medical malpractice and inhumane treatment of human beings in this country.

    I would have said more but that’s how bellanaija won’t post my comment.

    But long story short, this practice ( like the previous posts suggested ), is rooted in previous rent-seeking laws and regulations.

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