The Lagos State Government has appealed to all health care providers to stop the trend of rejecting gunshot victims and other trauma patients on the excuse of requiring a police report or the need for evidence of funds before treatment.
The State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi made the appeal on Sunday, December 29, while reacting to investigations by the Ministry of Health.
He revealed that some health facilities in the state were in the habit of rejecting or delaying care to trauma victims which have in some cases resulted in loss of lives.
Abayomi urged hospitals, health centres, and clinics to offer immediate comprehensive care to gunshot victims and other trauma patients in line with the Federal Government’s Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act.
According to him, health care providers are duty-bound to save lives first by offering immediate attention to any patient before any other considerations.
The commissioner stated that the sanctity of human life should be the first consideration for any healthcare provider irrespective of circumstances leading to the incident involving the victim.
He noted that there were plans to review and revise the Lagos State Emergency policies and procedures in order to ensure prompt care for accident and trauma victims as well as service officials injured on their duties.
He added that the review of the emergency policy will focus on emergency infrastructure, coordination, human resource capacity, response time, and obligations of citizens and health care providers.