Inspector General of Police Directs Medical Personnel to Treat Gunshot Victims Without Police Report
The acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Olukayode Egbetokun, has taken a significant step towards enhancing healthcare and safety in Nigeria by directing medical personnel nationwide to treat gunshot victims without requiring a police report. The IGP’s directive stems from the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act of 2017, and it marks a positive stride towards prioritizing the well-being of citizens.
This directive, outlined in a Police internal memo dated October 25, 2023, emphasizes the importance of adhering to the law and providing immediate medical attention to gunshot victims. The memo, signed by the Force Principal Staff Officer, Olatunji Disu, was addressed to various law enforcement officials, including Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, Commissioners of Police, and Commandants of Police Colleges in Ikeja, Kaduna, Oji-River, Maiduguri, and Enugu.
The memo underlines the Inspector General of Police’s commitment to ensuring strict compliance with the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act 2017. Additionally, the IGP encourages the dissemination of information about this directive to raise public awareness and ensure that every Nigerian citizen receives the care and attention they need in the event of gunshot injuries.
Enhancing Healthcare Access for All
The IGP’s directive is a significant step towards enhancing healthcare access and addressing the needs of gunshot victims promptly. By removing the requirement for a police report before medical treatment, this directive can potentially save lives and prevent delays in the critical moments following a gunshot injury. It aligns with the government’s commitment to upholding the rights and welfare of its citizens and promoting the well-being of the Nigerian people.
Promoting Compliance with National Law
The Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act of 2017 was designed to ensure that gunshot victims receive the necessary medical care without bureaucratic obstacles. The IGP’s directive serves as a reminder of the importance of adhering to national laws and regulations. It underscores the commitment of law enforcement agencies to uphold these laws and deliver essential services to the public promptly.
In conclusion, the directive from the acting Inspector General of Police is a positive development for healthcare access and the well-being of Nigerian citizens. It highlights the importance of immediate medical attention for gunshot victims and the government’s commitment to upholding national laws. This directive is expected to have a significant impact on ensuring the safety and health of all Nigerians.