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To determine the prevalence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection among dental patients and to assess dentists' risk for exposure, we conducted a study among dental patients at a large tertiary hospital in Nigeria, a country where tuberculosis is endemic. Ten (13%) of 78 sputum samples obtained were positive for M. tuberculosis.

We initiated this study to assess the risk for expos...


Nigeria is a relatively young country, having gained independence from Britain in 1960. It is the most populous black country in the world and demographically, one in four Africans is a Nigerian. Presently, the country has a population of about 120 million people with a total land area of 923,768 km2. Its greatest length from east to west is about 1123 km and from north to south is 1040 km...


Dr Nicholas Baamlong, Chairman, FCT chapter of NMA, told newsmen in Abuja that due to ignorance, some victims of medical negligence had failed to seek redress.

Baamlong said that although it was a common trend in parts of the country to attribute cases of such negligence to an act of God, “there is provision for medical negligence reporting’’.