FG to Sanction Hospitals Rejecting Emergency Patients

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The Federal Government has issued a warning to hospitals that refuse to treat emergency patients. Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, announced the directive during the ‘Unlock Grants Award’ ceremony in Abuja on Sunday. She emphasised that the government would take action against hospitals that deny emergency care, citing a tragic incident in October 2023 where a road traffic robbery victim died after being refused treatment at Maitama Hospital in Abuja.

Kennedy-Ohanenye also referenced a previous case in Lagos where two gunshot victims were denied treatment and subsequently died. In response to growing public concern, the House of Representatives had earlier called on the Federal Ministry of Health to address the issue of hospitals refusing to treat accident or gunshot victims without a police report.

The minister stated that hospitals are now required to display signs indicating ‘No more rejection of emergency patients’ and revealed that a mobile court has been established to handle such cases. She urged Nigerians to remain vigilant and continue using social media to highlight these issues, calling for collective action to prevent the rejection of emergency patients.

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