The Ekiti State Government has directed hospitals and medical facilities in the state to save the lives of gunshot victims by treating them even without police report.
A statement made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti by the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Oyebanji Filani, explained that the directive followed the decision of the Nigerian Inspector General of Police to comply with and enforce the provisions of the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act of 2017 without any hesitation.
Filani disclosed that gunshot injuries were generally a medical emergency where minutes count in the fight to preserve the life of the victim, adding that victims requires urgent medical attention to avoid permanent damage or death
He urged medical personnel, good Samaritans and sympathisers not to exercise fear of being implicated for coming to the aid of gunshot victims.
Filani assured all health facilities across the state of government’s support and continuous collaboration for better service delivery.