Health Act- Treat gunshot wounds first, ask questions later

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Unarguably, one of the most significant developments of 2017 in the Nigerian health sector is the signing of the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017, by President Muhammadu Buhari last weekThe President’s assent of the Act followed the passage of the Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill by the Senate, and the House of Representatives.

Signed along with five other Acts, the Gunshot Victims Act 2017 stipulates that a person with a gunshot wound shall be received for immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria with or without initial monetary deposit and shall not be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment or torture by any person or authority, including the Police and other security agencies.

Hopes are high that the Act will ensure every victim of gunshot wounds receives appropriate treatment from medical workers and essential assistance from security agencies.

It is expected that the Act will also ensure that everyone has access to  medical treatment  irrespective of the cause of the shooting.

 

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