Senates Finally Passed The Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bills In Nigeria
Yesterday, Tuesday 11th of July, 2017, the Nigerian Senate passed the Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill. The Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill was sent to the Senate House for approval to seeks and establish a law that will make sure victims of gunshot wounds received proper treatment from a professional medical doctor or any health practitioners and also received help from security agencies.
The Nigerian Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki said when he was speaking on the passage of the bill that not everybody who is a victim of gunshots or bullet wounds are criminals. Therefore, it’s important to pass the bill so as to protect the innocent people who were victims of gunshots from losing their lives due to negligence of medical treatment.
Senator Bukola Saraki said it’s now under law that all hospitals in Nigeria irrespective of how they operate, Public or private must treat any victims of gunshots brought to them:
- “By the passage of this Bill, the Senate has moved to ensure that every hospital in Nigeria, both public and private, must accept to treat victims of gunshot wounds without any clearance from the police. What we have done is to ensure that everyone is entitled to medical treatment, irrespective of the cause of the shooting. We should reserve judgment for the criminal justice system, and leave healthcare for the medical professionals.”
The Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill has also make it mandatory that every citizens including security officers shall render every best assistance they could render to any victims of gunshot wounds and ensure that the person is taken to the nearest hospital for proper medical treatment immediately after giving such person “First Aid” treatment.
The Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill also added that no victim of gunshot wounds shall be denied immediate and proper treatment by any hospital in Nigeria whether the victim or his/her family deposit money for treatment or not.
This passage of Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill results to the total number of 108 Bills passed by the 8th Senate since June 9th, 2015.