The Lagos State Police Command as of Wednesday 16th May 2018, warned hospital authorities to stop rejecting gunshot victims or the attitude of asking for police report before treatment patients. SP Chike Oti made this known through a press statement signed by the command’s spokesman. He said the command had to repeat the warning following a report that one hospital in Ikeja rejected a gunshot victim. “A senior engineer, Mr. Adebayo Akinwunmi, with one information and communication technology company, was shot and wounded by armed robbers in his house at OFada- Mokoloki, Ogun. He was brought to Reddington Hospital, Ikeja for treatment only to be refused admission on the grounds that there was no police report.”  “The command considers the action of the hospital as cruel; perhaps, an indication that the hospital management may be ignorant of the “Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017. In the light of this development, the Command wishes to inform all medical practitioners in Lagos state, that the Act demands that every hospital in Nigeria, whether public or private shall accept or receive for immediate and adequate treatment with or without police clearance any person with a gunshot wounds.” SP Chike said the Act, however, requires the hospital treating such a patient to report the fact to the nearest police station within two hours of the commencement of treatment. “The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr Imohimi Edgal, has directed all Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers in the state to henceforth prosecute any medical practitioners, who reject gunshot victims for reasons of no police report.”

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