By Chioma Obinna
lagos—Private medical practitioners have faulted the newly signed Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017, by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying ‘the act framed presumes guilt for the medical practitioners if a gunshot patient dies’.
The Gunshot Victims Act 2017 stipulates that a person with a gunshot wound shall be received for immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria with or without initial monetary deposit and shall not be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment or torture by any person or authority, including the Police and other security agencies.
In a chat with Vanguard after the National Executive Committee, NEC, Meeting of the Association of General Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, AGPMPN, National President, AGPMPN, Dr. Omo-Ehijele Frank Odafen, said: “For instance, who pays for the treatment? Who enforces payment? What if in the course of treatment, the police cannot be informed within two hours?
The law as framed presumes guilt for the medical practitioners if a gunshot patient dies. What is the responsibility of the patient, relatives and the state under this law? What is the protection for the doctor under this law?
“We are studying it and we are going to make a presentation to government as a body. Definitely, we have seen visible areas where amendment is necessary.”