Treat All Gunshots, Accident Victims With Or Without Police Report ; IGP Tells Doctors

Orders Full Enforcement of Gunshot Victims Act 2017

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun has issued a resounding call to all medical practitioners in Nigeria to provide prompt and compassionate treatment to all victims of gunshots and accidents, irrespective of the presence or absence of a police report, in response to the ongoing concern over the tragic loss of lives due to the neglect of gunshot and accident victims.

A statement on Saturday, 28th October 2023 signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said that the IGP’s directive aligns with the full enforcement of the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act of 2017, which mandates that all healthcare providers prioritize the immediate care and stabilization of such patients, recognizing the critical importance of timely medical attention in saving lives.

The IGP’s decision comes as a response to the relentless outcry from concerned citizens and the broader community, highlighting the tragic consequences of delays in treating these victims. The IGP underscores the moral duty and responsibility of medical practitioners to uphold the sanctity of life and provide life-saving care to those in need aiming to bridge the gap between law enforcement agencies and healthcare providers, facilitating a more efficient and compassionate response to emergency situations, and curbing crimes by fulfilling their obligation to invite the Police for assessment while treatment is ongoing.

The Inspector-General calls on all medical institutions and professionals to adhere to these directives and fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies when necessary, emphasizing the paramount importance of saving lives and promoting a safer and healthier society. The Nigeria Police will collaborate with all relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, particularly the Federal Ministry of Health for the full enforcement of the provisions of the Act.

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