Lagos State Warns Hospitals To Stop Rejecting Victims Of Gunshot

Lagos State Government has both appealed and warned public and private health care providers in the State to stop rejecting gunshot victims over police report.
This was announced in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi yesterday in reaction to the Ministry of Health investigations on health care providers rejecting victims for not having police reports or evidence of accident.Police Report: Lagos State Warns Hospitals To Stop Rejecting Gunshot Victims
Lagos State Government noted that several times such patients are not in a position to discuss the incidence, finance or get a police report and are often brought in by good Samaritans. Hospitals, health centres and clinics were then urged 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.
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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.Police Report: Lagos State Warns Hospitals To Stop Rejecting Gunshot Victims
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“, the statement reads. Photos Credit: Getty
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