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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Senate Passes Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill

The Senate on Tuesday passed the Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill, which seeks to compel hospitals to treat persons with gunshot wounds before obtaining police report.
The bill, which was sent to the Senate by the House of Representatives for concurrence, seeks to establish a law that ensures that victims of gunshot wounds receive necessary treatment from medical workers and assistance from security agencies.

The bill also seeks to ensure that every person, including security agents, assist any person with gunshot wounds and ensure that the person is taken to the nearest hospital for treatment.
Additionally, the legislation mandates that no person with gunshot wounds shall be refused immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria, whether or not initial monetary deposit is paid.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, in his remarks, noted that not every person shot was a criminal.
He said it was important that a legal framework be put into place to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.
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Johnson Ahile

they should have passed it 10 years ago

Johnson Ahile

I don't know why our lawmakers like delaying

Endy Edeson

Ahile legislative process takes time

Godwin Epu

Better than none.

Endy Edeson

sure, human life first . good afternoon Godwin

Godwin Epu

Same to my brother

Eu C Aristos

Just as much as this is commendable, I do think this 'care-first' status should be extended beyond gun shot wounds.

Some medical centers do not begin treatment until money is paid. That's insane. The sick end up dying cause they do not have money to commit immediately.

This med-centers should be mandated to care for the sick first and make demands later. In the life of the sick, every second matters.

Endy Edeson

@Aristos, well said. I believe the Senate will come up with such bill in no distant time

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