By Emmanuel Aziken
ABUJAâ€”Senators yesterday advanced a bill that would compel hospitals and medical staff to provide emergency treatment to victims of gunshot irrespective of money or Police report.
The Senate move on the bill authored by Senator Osita Izunaso was upon an outpouring of emotion by Senators on the shabby treatment of patients by some medical staff as exemplified in the case of the assassination of The Guardianâ€™s Bayo Ohu.
The Senate move was further provoked by narratives by some Senators of their harsh experiences in the hands of medical staff and the police in the course of rendering assistance to victims of road accidents and gunshots.
Senator Thompson Sekibo (PDP, Rivers Southeast) who seconded the debate on the bill narrated how he was detained for hours by the Police in Port-Harcourt in 1989 after he rushed the victim of a hit and run accident to the hospital.
Another contributor, Senator Chris Anyanwu (PDP, Imo East) subsequently brought emotion to the fore with her narration of how the medical director of the General Hospital in Maitama and his staff watched a road accident victim called Chinedu bleed to death without rendering any medical attention.