Nigeria: Nigeria lifts gunshot law


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Nigeria: Nigeria lifts gunshot law

Nigeria has lifted a law, which forced hospitals to wait for a police report, before giving emergency treatment to victims of gun attacks. BBC states that officials revoked the law, in place since 1980s, over concerns about a rising death rate from bullet wounds. This comes weeks after Newspaper editor Bayo Ohu, died from a bullet wounds after a hospital reportedly waited for a police report rather than threat him. As a result, Senator Osita Izunaso launched a campaign to have the law changed. He was quoted as saying, “it is unfortunate that hospitals refuse to give care. What is important is to protect lives, threat them, give them all the attention and later contact the police with all the information.”

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