The Nigerian Senate has approved a bill that orders hospitals in the country to treat victims who have been wounded by gunshots without initial demands for a police report or financial deposit.
The bill which was tagged: “Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots” was passed during the senate’s plenary session which was held on Tuesday. The bill also demands that security personnel also offer assistance to gunshot victims and also ensure that they are transferred to a hospital for the commencement of immediate treatment.
The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, in the process of passing the bill asserted that not all gunshot victims were criminals.
According to Saraki, “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.”
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