F E Oronsaye
University of Benin, Nigeria
Dr. Francis Oronsaye is presently working as an associate professor at University of Benin, Nigeria from where he pursued PhD in Medical Microbiology. After attaining doctorate, he served in various positions including lecturer, senior lecturer and pricipal investigator for various projects involved in the same university. He has attended more than 20 international conferences and delivered talks in his field of expertise. He is a member of International Research and Development Institute and American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He has published more than 50 research articles in peer-reviewed journals. He was also successful in designing a lotion for treating all kinds of superficial infections of bacterial and fungal origin. It is currently undergoing toxicology testing and is also awaiting NAFDAC registration.
The purpose of this study was to determine the rate of immunodeficiency virus antibodies among donors visiting University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria. Five thousand seven hundred (5700) blood samples collected from prospective blood donors in University of Benin Teaching Hospital from 2005-2015 were screened for HIV antibodies. The donors’ consent was obtained and was assured of strict confidentiality before the study commenced. Three hundred and thirty three (333) donors were found positive for HIV antibodies and were. Such blood collected from the donors were used for transfusion but were discarded without the notice of the donors. Screening of blood to be used for transfusion must be done for HIV antibodies and other underlying viral diseases before they are considered suitable for transfusion. Since blood transfusion is one of the major routes of transmission of infectious diseases, especially immunological diseases, screening of blood meant for transfusion should be made compulsory in all hospitals whether public or private.