FRSC warns hospital against rejecting accident victims, lists punishments to be meted out

Hospitals in the country have been warned by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) against rejecting victims of accident.

The warning was given by the FRSC zonal commanding officer for Zone RS10 comprising Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Kayode Olagunju, Daily Trust reports.

It was gathered  that the fine for rejecting accident victims is N50,000 and or six months imprisonment.

Olagunju said: “It is illegal for any hospital to reject accident victims.”

According to him, bulk of accident victims die within one hour of the crashes known as the golden hour. He said: “All hands must be on deck to ensure that the victims are well managed within the golden hour.

“In line with the global best practices, the country operates a 30-day rule which means a Road Traffic Crash victim should be monitored for at least 30 days and whoever dies within 30 days after the crash, is recorded to have died through RTC involved in.”

He enjoined agencies involved in road traffic crash management to ensure proper documentation of every road crash detailing vehicles and persons involved as well as casualty statuses.

The agencies which include the FRSC, the police, hospital managements, Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO), state agencies on traffic and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), were urged to effectively collaborate in creating credible road traffic crash database in the zone.