Lagos state government appeals to hospitals to stop rejecting gunshot victims
The Lagos State Government has pleaded with hospitals in Lagos to stop rejecting gunshot victims and other trauma patients on the excuse of requiring a police report.
The appeal was made by the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi on Sunday, December 29th while reacting to investigations by the Ministry of Health revealing that some health facilities in the State are in the habit of rejecting or delaying care to trauma victims which has in some cases resulted in avoidable loss of lives, noted that several times such patients are not in a position to discuss the incidence or finance and are often brought in by good Samaritans.
According to Prof. Akin;
“These deaths would have been avoided if health care providers were conversant with the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017 which stipulates that victims of gunshot and traumatic accidents should receive immediate treatment when presenting to healthcare facilities.”