Lagos State commissioner of police,” Doctor who rejects gunshot victims are criminal liable”.
The commissioner who reacted to a media report that doctors at Reddington Hospital in Ikeja, Lagos State rejected Engineer Adebayo Akinwunmi who suffered bullet wounds after armed robber attacked his home in ofada mokoloki, ogun State.
The hospital rejected the victim claiming that there was no police report.
The PRO of Lagos State command, SP Chike Oti, said ” The attention of the Nigeria police Lagos State command, has been drawn to the punch newspaper publication of Monday, 14, 2018 captioned ” Hospital rejects victim over bullet injuries”. The story goes that one Engineer Adebayo Akinwunmi a senior engineer with an information and communications technology company, was shot and wounded by Armed robbers in his home at ofada mokoloki, ogun State and was brought to Reddington Hospital, Ikeja Lagos for treatment only to be refused admission on the ground that there was no police report.
The command considered the action of the hospital as cruel; perhaps an indication that the hospital management may be ignorant of ” compulsory treatment and care of victim of gunshot Act, 2017″.
In the light to the 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.
The Act, however requires the hospital treating such a patient to report the facts to the nearest police station within two hours of commencement of treatment.
The commissioner of police, Lagos State, CP Imohimi Edgal, saddened by the allegations against the Reddington Hospital, has directed all area commands and divisional police officers in Lagos State to henceforth arrest and digigently prosecute any medical practitioner who rejects a gunshot victim on the ground of no police report. The CP wants doctors to note that the Act recommend a five years jail terms for any person, hospital or authority who stands by or omits to do his bit which results in the unnecessary death of any person with bullet wounds.