The Ondo State house of assembly has tasked health workers to prioritise saving lives of victims of gunshot injury with or without police report.

The lawmakers made the demand during an interface with the state commissioner for health and management team of the university of medical sciences Ondo.

The speaker Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun frowned at an allegation that health personnel at the hospital refused to treat a gunshot victim during a robbery attack in Ondo leading to the death of the victim..

Mr Oleyelogun noted that health workers especially medical doctors must uphold the
Hippocratic oath signed by them and save the health sector.

He also charged the ministry to step up action to prevent brain drain in the sector and give the hospital a facelift.

Responding, the commissioner for health, Dr Banji Ajaka promised the lawmakers that the ministry would launch investigation into alleged neglect of a gunshot victim by health personnel.

Dr Ajaka reiterated that no law prevented the health personnel from treating victims of gunshot and as such, the hospital would not condone any form of dereliction of duty.

He noted that despite the challenge of brain drain affecting the health sector, UNIMED teaching hospital had been able to perform optimally in its service to the public.

Dr Ajaka added that plans were already underway to recruit more health professionals in various hospitals of the state and reduce brain drain in the sector.

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