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Imo Police decry hospitals’ refusal to treat gunshot victims

By  Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—Imo State Police Command has expressed serious concern, that despite government directives, hospitals and clinics in the state still refuse to treat victims of gunshot and road traffic accidents without police report.

The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Linus Nwaiwu, in a statement in Owerri, insisted that hospitals and clinics were expected to treat such victims without first requesting for or insisting on police report, cash deposit and presence of next of kin.

“Where the identity of the patient is in doubt, especially if he is suspected to be an armed robber, a report should be lodged at the police station nearest to the hospital or clinic after attending to such a victim,” the PPRO said.

While appealing to all health workers to adhere to the new government policy, the PPRO said that the overriding aim should be to save life.

In another development, 49 officers serving in the state police command, including 39 Assistant Superintendents of Police, have been promoted to the next rank.

Speaking after decorating them, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aloy Okorie, reminded the beneficiaries of the promotion exercise, that their new ranks goes with a lot of responsibilities.

He warned them to avoid anything that would dent their record and work towards uplifting the command to higher grounds.

Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Mr. Isa Mohammed, a Superintendent of Police, assured that they will rededicate themselves to the service of the nation and its citizens.


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