We are pleased to announce to you the ongoing partnership between Research Collaboration of Network (RCN) of Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Nigeria on research titled ‘Evaluation of the Level of Implementation of Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshot Act 2017 within Healthcare Workers and the Nigerian Police Force’.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed to this effect, and the research is planned to span for four months, from February to May 2021. The RCN of NARD is expected to conduct the study while the ICRC Nigeria would provide logistic, technical and financial support throughout the research.
The Principal investigators are Dr Okhuaihesuyi Uyilawa, the NARD president who is passionate about impactful research with interest in trauma care and Dr Oladimeji Adebayo, the pioneer and current chairman of the Research and Statistic Committee(RSC), NARD, who is vastly experienced in areas of collaborative research.
The study involves recruitment from 6 states of the federation, one from each geopolitical zone. They include Oyo, Rivers, Abia, Kaduna, Plateau and Borno States. It is a mixed quantitative and qualitative study design involving healthcare workers and police officers with the theme around their awareness and knowledge of the Act; their level of implementation of the Act, and the challenges faced in implementing the Act.
The research findings would serve as an evaluation of the level of implementation of the Act and its challenges. This would help guide critical stakeholders on ways to improve the implementation and performance of the Act. Overall, we hope the research findings would help inspire better healthcare for victims of gunshot injuries.
Dr Shehu Salihu Umar,
Secretary, RSC, NARD