The Nigerian Senate has ordered hospitals in the country to treat gunshot victims rushed to the hospitals with or without police report.
The senate took the stand following a motion moved by Senator Monsurat Sunmonu.
In the motion titled Motion on the Provision of Medical Attention for Critical Condition Victims, Senator Sunmonu said there was urgent need to halt the unnecessary loss of lives due to the refusal of hospitals to attend to gunshot victims.
According to her, it is an abdication of responsibility for hospitals not to attend to critical victims due to lack of police report.
She said it would build confidence in the public if gunshot victims are saved even if to aid investigations.
Supporting the motion, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari argued that even in America, gunshot victims are first treated and stabilized before questioning.
The senate then resolved to implore hospitals to extend immediate medical services to save lives of gunshot victims before asking for police report.
Senate President Bukola Saraki said Senate’s decision is a clear message that public hospitals must first treat gunshot wounds while communicating with security agents.