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Ekiti orders hospitals to treat gunshot victims.

Ekiti State government has directed hospitals and medical facilities in the state to accept victims of gunshots for treatment in their facilities without a police…

Ekiti State government has directed hospitals and medical facilities in the state to accept victims of gunshots for treatment in their facilities without a police report.

 The state’s Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Oyebanji Filani, said this followed the directive by police authorities to states nationwide to enforce the provisions of the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017 without any hesitation.

 Dr Filani disclosed that gunshot injuries were generally a medical emergency where minute counts in the fight to preserve the life of the victim, adding that the victim requires urgent medical attention to avoid permanent damage or death of the victim.

 He urged medical personnel, good Samaritans and sympathisers not to exercise fear of being implicated for coming to the aid of victims of gunshots.

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 There are reports of hospitals rejecting to treat victims of gunshot without a police report against the extant law.

 The latest case of rejection led to the death of one Greatness Olorunfemi, a victim of notorious ‘one-chance’ operators in Abuja.

 Olorunfemi, a community developer and member of the Young African Leaders Initiative Network (YALI), died at the Maitama General Hospital, Abuja after she was allegedly denied treatment for not providing a police report.

 

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