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Is It Right For Hospitals To Refuse To Treat Gunshot Victims?

Earlier this week i was going through the papers and i read of an armed robbery incident in lagos where about

8 civilians where killed including 2 of the bank staff. Amongst those killed was a young boy who was hit by a stray

bullet when the robbers where randomly shooting into the air to scare away the police.

it was reported that the boy was rushed to a nearby hospital by people in the neighborhood for treatment but the

Hospital staff refused to treat him unless they bring a police report. The young boy eventually bled to death.

My question now is that;

Is it right for hospitals to refuse to treat victims of gunshots or stabbings and instead allow presumably innocent

Nigerians to die?

If they treat such people and save their lives, what is the implication on the hospital?

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I understand a review of that law is already with the senate.The Drs are simply obeying the previous law.

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hell no it's not right! i saw a similar situation is some Naija/Ghanian movie i came across by accident and was completely pissed off for a week! how can people in a HOSPITAL watch somebody die because there is no paper from the Naija police? (who will most likely arrest you when you go to get it sef)

I thought that Doctors take the Hippocratic oath before they start practicing? aren't they obliged to save lives in any situation they can? the whole thing is bullshitty, can't they sort out the police wahala after the person has been stabilized? even if this law was thought up because they assume it's criminals that will most likely come in with gunshot wounds, is it not still wrong? how will the hypothetical criminal be condemnded to death without hearing or trial?

it's some very messed up law that should be discarded

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@ $$Rhino 10x,yeah i think d govt will need to rephrase their statement to mk sure dat wen it has to do with an emergency(i.e life nd death)dat d patient should be given proper medication and attended to immediately.theirafter d police can now look into d matter

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if you will please stop going out of point, all that is happening here is that we are trying to find solutions

to what affects us everyday in nigeria.Fortunately and unfortunately for you it seems you are not

based in the country.perhaps you should tell us what made you run away from Nigeria?

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I notice that Nairaland is full with negative news of Nigeria. Blah, blah, blah, blah.

Enough!!!! Nigeria is bad, evil, this, that, : doesn't stop foreigners and foreign coporations from making the Millions, MILLIONS, and millions of dollars from this bad, evil country we call Nigeria. 

I recently met with a political figure from this same evil country we all call Nigeria who will be purchasing a house in Atlanta cash down,  all the same evil, bad, dysfunctional country.

Every Nigerian needs to be held accountable for not planning and willing to change their country. The solution to change is definately not to run to another man's country.

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I think it is the govt that will have to revisit the law and make a clause to make sure, when emergency is involved and it is btw life and death, the patient shd be treated, but afterwards should be reported to the police for questioning, but when it invloves life and death, i blv the hospitals shd use their discretion as well, treat the patient.

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The hospital has no better reason for not treating the young boy, except that the entire staff hospital could have been locked up in a police cell, accused of treating criminals and finally put out of business.

That's Nigeria police for you. Una well done oooo.

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