The Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act will make it legal for doctors in Nigeria to treat gun shot wounds without first requesting for a police report.
This was made known by Senator Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate).
He made this known to State House correspondents in Abuja on Friday while stating that President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act, 2017 into law alongside other five bills.
The five other bills are the Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment) Amendment Act, 2017; the Anti-Torture Act 2017; the Federal Capital Appropriation Act; the Federal Capital Territory Water Board (Establishment) Act 2017; and the National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (Establishment) Act 2017.
Enang stated that the Gunshot Act specifically stipulates that a person with gunshot shall be received for immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria with or without initial monetary deposit.
“A person with 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,” he explained.