The wise thing to do is to save life first, because it’s better for an armed robber to be alive than for a good man or woman to die, simply because doctors refused to treat him/her without police clearance.
At last, the Federal Government has directed medical doctors to treat emergencies including gun-shot victims without requesting police clearance or other restraints from such victims.
Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, gave the directive on Tuesday at the swearing-in of 342 foreign trained medical doctors and six dentistry graduates in Abuja.
The foreign graduates were successful in the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) assessment held from April 6 to 8, which enables them to practice in the country.
Adewole urged them to treat patients on emergency before asking for money, life is precious than money.
“Hospitals are sanctuary for the sick 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,” he said.
I just hope doctors will listen, because some of them are funny; they can now say no official letter on it.