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Buhari Signs Bill For Compulsory And Immediate Treatment Of Gunshot, Accidents Victims

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Buhari Signs Bill For Compulsory And Immediate Treatment Of Gunshot, Accidents Victims

 

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has approved and signed into Law the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Bill, approving that victims of gunshots and car accidents can immediately be treated at the hospital.

Before now, victims of gunshots and accidents have been subjected to proceeding to a nearest Police State for a special report which will be tendered at the hospital before they are attended to. But with this new Bill, the victims are to receive immediate treatment and care, without been subjected to any form of torture.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang explained that the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017 makes provisions for compulsory treatment and care for victims of gunshots and for other related matters.

According to Enang, the Act 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.

He also said a person with a gunshot wound shall not be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment or torture by any person or authority, including the police and other security agencies.

In the same vein, he said Anti-Torture Act, 2017 prohibits acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, prescribing penalties for perpetrators of such acts.

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