Nigerian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology

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The Risk of HIV infection in Surgical Practice: The Surgeon, HIV infection and the Patient

Tony Eloike


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I am delighted to have been invited to present this lecture at this august occasion of distinguished Nigerian medial scientists and health system managers. It is also gladdening to note that attention is being given to the most topical health and developmental issue of our time — HIV/AIDS — by the Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Society of Nigeria. Ten years ago in Nigeria, HIV/AIDS was so low in the priority order that it would not command such attention with such a major professional body. It may have become clear to Nigerians that the problem cannot just be wished away; neither will time take care of it. ………..

Stigmatisation and discrimination in care-giving will only complicate the challenges and facilitate the menace of this human enemy – HIV. We can put it on hold. We continue to deliver our health care mandate without being significantly threatened by HIV. That should be our uncompromising focus.
Nig. J. Otorhinolaryngology Vol.1(1) 2004:1-5

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