Published April 18th, 2012
urgent need for the management of the Nigeria police and the
health sector to aggressively tackle the long standing
problems in the areas of medical emergency contact, and
urgent services needed by victims of crimes, violent and
traumatic ones especially.
A test case
is the reported incident of a murdered medical doctor in
Lagos, Dr. Samuel Adegboyega who was supposedly fatally
shot by some gunmen in the early hours of Easter Monday in
front of his clinic.
the crime appeared to have noticed Dr. Adegboyega,
fatally shot and bleeding, at which time he was urgently
rushed to a nearby medical center named the Oke-Odo General
who was reportedly profusely gushing out blood from one of
his injuries at the back of one of his arms was apparently
refused immediate medical attention by the staff of the
hospitalóbecause the staff wanted a police report first.
this reported unusual delay could hasten death in such an
emergency case like that of late Dr. Adegboyega who
purportedly got attention late.
acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Dikko Abubakar
and the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu want
to bring a stop to horrible cases like that of late
Adegboyega, the right of crime victims in any hospital must
be promptly protected through urgent care and
devastating and traumatic medical case as in victims of
violence, arson, bombing or any other life threatening
incident, immediate medical attention comes first, followed
by a police investigation and report.
conscious victim it is always prudent to get much
information from him or her to assist in the investigation
but where the victim is not very alert mentally or too
physically weak for any verbal utterances instant medical
attention comes first and become paramount.
It is time
for a new collaboration between the offices of the Nigeria
police, all ministries of Heath and Justice in order to
erect educational initiatives backed by executive policies
in the area of victims of crime Services, which must be
obeyed by all public and private medical outfits in the
police/law enforcement staff need to be trained on
knowledgeable information, investigative and referral
services for victims and their families, violent cases
As we know
the hospitals and the police are the first to provide
services to victims as such they must become aware of basic
standards of care procedures that must meet the needs of
crime victims appearing in their emergency rooms for medical
In the same
vein, this future emergency treatment plans should equally
be extended to specific groups such as domestic violence,
child abuse and rape victims, and to victims with an
impaired capacity mentally, developmentally and physically.
government just likes the reported witnesses and
sympathizers of Dr. Adegboyega must accept their
responsibility to help alleviate the effects of crimes and
violence suffered by victims, even in the least remote areas
of the country where there is also a crucial need for fully
functioning ambulance services, workable fire service and
medical emergency squads.
At a time
when President Jonathan is pushing the Nigerian Government
to commit to meeting the international standards in the
areas of human care and governance, let us make it easy for
victims and their families to find what they need quickly
from our centers of care and security.
Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D., is a Forensic/Clinical Psychologist
and the Secretary-General of the Nigeria Psychological
Association (NPA), Abuja. Jos5930458@aol.com 08126909839