On Tuesday, the Senate passed the Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims
of Gunshots Bill. The Bill, which was sent to the Senate for Concurrence,
seeks to establish a law that ensures that victims of gunshot wounds
receive necessary treatment from medical workers and assistance from
Speaking on the passage of the Bill, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar
Bukola Saraki, stated that not every victim of a gunshot wound is a
criminal, hence, it is important that a legal framework be put into place
to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.
“By the passage of this Bill, the Senate has moved to ensure that every
hospital in Nigeria, both public and private, must accept to treat victims
of gunshot wounds without any clearance from the police,” the Senate
President said, “What we have done is to ensure that everyone is entitled
to medical treatment, irrespective of the cause of the shooting. We should
reserve judgment for the criminal justice system, and leave healthcare for
the medical professionals.”
The Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill also ensures
that every person including security agents shall render every possible
assistance to any person with gunshot wounds and ensure that the person is
taken to the nearest hospital for treatment.
Additionally, the Bill mandates that no person with gunshot wounds shall
be refused immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria
whether or not initial monetary deposit is paid.
Other Bills that the Senate passed on Tuesday which will be forwarded to
the President for assent include: Animal Health and Husbandry Technologies
(Registration, etc) Bill, 2017 (HB. 320); Corporate Manslaughter Bill,
2017 (HB. 273); National Child Protection and Enforcement Agency Bill,
2017 (HB. 127); National Intelligence Agency Pension Board Bill, 2017 (HB.
842); Nigerian Academy of Science Bill, 2017 (HB. 917); and the National
Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science Bill (HB. 405).
This brings the total number of Bills passed by the 8th Senate since June
9th, 2015, to 108 Bills.