Reps move to enforce treatment of victims of armed attack without police report
The House of Representatives has passed for second reading a bill seeking to enforce the treatment of armed attack aside gunshot injuries without a police report.
The bill Titled “A bill for an Act to amend the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshots Act, 2017 thereby expanding the scope of its application to include other forms of weapons other than firearms that could be used to inflict injuries on a victim” is sponsored by member representing Epe Federal constituency of Lagos State Wale Raji
In his lead debate the lawmaker said the effect of the amendment will empower hospitals both public and private to treat victims of armed attack aside gunshots injuries without a police report and save the victims the agony of been rejected as is presently obtainable in Nigeria.
“However, due to the restricted coverage of this act, many innocent victims of other dangerous weapons other than firearms have consistently being rejected by the hospitals for want of a police clearance, which has led to their untimely death.”
Raji further stated that the justification of this amendment rest on the fact that constitutionally, every Nigerian citizen has a right to life and no one should be deprived intentionally of his life, with exception to the execution of the sentence of a court where such a person has been found to be guilty.
“The essence of this amendment is to preserve the lives of innocent victims who have suffered injuries from attacks other than gun/firearms injuries and in urgent need of medical attention. The law as it is today is not in favour of victims of attacks not related with firearms and hence there is urgent need for this hallow chamber to widen the scope of the extent law’s application.
“. Also, some of these victims are severely injured to the extent that they cannot even make it to the hospital alive without the help of a paramedic on course, let alone subjecting such a person to the police station.
The lawmaker noted that the victims of these heinous attacks need to be well taken care of and should not be deprived of their right to life which in itself is a constitutional right adding that an attempt by any hospital in rejecting a victim of an attack on account of a police clearance is tantamount to passing a death sentence on such patient.
23rd July 2020