FG Orders Doctors to Treat Gunshot Victims without Restraints


Paul Obi in Abuja with agency report

The federal government tuesday issued a directive to medical doctors across the country to henceforth treat all patients and victims with gunshot without any form of restrain.

 The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, gave the order at induction ceremony of foreign graduate organised the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

According to him, government was considering reforming the health sector,with the objective to scale up service delivery across various sections of the sector.

 “Hospitals are sanctuary for those ill and injured, never must our hospitals be closed for whatever reasons; even in war time situations, hospital must remain open. Doctors must show no restraint in treating emergencies, even with gun-shot wounds you must treat them, thereafter raise questions. You must also treat emergencies before asking for money because life is more precious than money,” the minister stated.

 Adewole said: The Federal Ministry of Health has strategically identified and mapped out a number of key activities to ensure that Nigeria reverses the ills and failures in the healthcare system. “Training of prospective and qualified healthcare professionals is one of the key agenda of the present administration.

“On receiving your registration certificates and licenses, you will proceed to your internship training at any of the MDCN accredited centres. “We are not unaware of some of the challenges some young doctors experienced in securing placement for internship.”
“We are working assiduously to ensure that doctors eligible for internship training will no longer wait endlessly searching for centres to enrol for their training.

 Adewole added that “with over hundred MDCN accredited internship centres among others, the ministry would work with key stakeholders to ensure effective distribution and financing of the training Programme within the country. “This will ensure that the perennial difficulties in securing internship programmes by the resident doctors will become history,’’