The Lagos State government has admonished all health care providers in the state to stop the habit of rejecting gunshot victims and other trauma patients without a police report or a piece of evidence to prove financial sufficiency before commencing treatment.
This was revealed through a statement by the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi on Sunday, December 29th. The state’s ministry of health was reacting to investigations that revealed that some health care providers in the state are in the habit of rejecting gunshot victims and other trauma patients which have led to the death of many people.
Recall that Nigeriatunes had earlier reported a case of a young lady who was robbed and stabbed in the neck. She eventually died because the hospital refused to treat her without a police report.
Prof. Abayomi appealed to every hospital, clinic and health centers operating within the state to offer prompt medical treatment 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.
Quoting the words of the State Commissioner for Health,
“These deaths would have been avoided if health care providers were conversant with the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017 which stipulates that victims of gunshot and traumatic accidents should receive immediate treatment when presenting to healthcare facilities”.
“Such critical care should include where necessary all measures to 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,” Abayomi said.
“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,” Abayomi stated.