Cameroon: Nurse faces firing squad
A nurse in Cameroon has been sentenced to death by a firing squad for
deliberately injecting two of her lover's children with HIV and Hepa-
titis B contaminated blood.
There is no fury as that of a woman scorned. Reckless endangerment or
whatever the action of the nurse may be called in law is not a new
human action especially when carried out of vengeance on a lover. But
this action raises critical issues for policy consideration as fol-
* Should HIV positive blood be considered a control 'substance'?
* Should access to HIV-positive blood in health care facilities and
the society at large be controlled as is done for narcotics?
* Would national legislation be necessary to control access to HIV-
positive blood so that it is not readily accessible for use as a
weapon of endangerment to public health?
* Does organisations like the World Health Organisation have a role
to play in world-wide advocacy for regulating access to HIV-
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