The Acting Inspector General of Police, Dr. Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has issued a strong appeal to all healthcare professionals in Nigeria, urging them to provide immediate and compassionate treatment to all individuals affected by gunshot wounds and accidents, regardless of whether or not a police report is present.
The IGP’s directive comes as a response to the growing concerns regarding the tragic loss of lives due to the neglect of victims of gunshot wounds and accidents. The directive is in line 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. This recognizes the critical importance of providing timely medical attention to save lives.
The decision to issue this directive has been influenced by the persistent calls from concerned citizens and the wider community, who have been highlighting the tragic outcomes of delays in treating these victims. The IGP has emphasized the moral duty and responsibility of medical practitioners to uphold the sanctity of life and deliver life-saving care to those in need.
This initiative aims to bridge the gap between law enforcement agencies and healthcare providers, facilitating a more efficient and compassionate response to emergency situations. It also intends to help deter criminal activities by ensuring that the police are notified for assessment while treatment is ongoing.
The IGP has called upon all medical institutions and professionals to adhere to these directives and fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies when necessary. The paramount importance of saving lives and promoting a safer and healthier society has been emphasized. The Nigeria Police will work in collaboration with relevant government agencies, particularly the Federal Ministry of Health, to ensure the full enforcement of the provisions of the Act.
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