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Prof EN AGUWA. 138th  Inaugural lecturer. UNN.  12.7.2018

OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS AND LINKAGES TO INCREASED MORTALITY AND
MORBIDITY: THE SOUTHEAST NIGERIAN PERSPECTIVE
Protocols
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba
Deputy Vice Chancellors
Other Principal Officers of the University
Provost, College of Medicine
Deans of Faculties, Postgraduate School and Student Affairs
Directors of Institutes and Centers
Professors and other members of the University Senate
Past Inaugural Lecturers
Heads of Departments and other Academic Colleagues
Members of my Administrative and Technical Staff
Members of my Family, Nuclear and Extended
My Lords Spiritual and Temporal
Distinguished Guests
Great UNMSAites
Lions and Lionesses
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is indeed a great pleasure and privilege to stand before you and deliver the 138th
inaugural lecture of our great university (University of Nigeria Nsukka). I remain most
grateful to our visionary Vice Chancellor (Prof Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba) and all
who made this day possible. I also welcome all of you who despite your very busy
schedules are able to attend my inaugural lecture. In all “To God be the Glory”.
The journey has been long and interesting: starting with undergraduate medical school,
postgraduate training in Public Health, research works in various aspects of public
health and eventually concentrating in Occupational Health. Indeed the more research I
undertook in occupational health the more I realized the many aspects of the discipline
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that are yet to be fully explored. Occupational epidemiology and occupational
psychology are just a few of these. I also realized that so many lives are needlessly lost
due to workplace exposures. The zeal to contribute to the already existing body of
knowledge and possibly save lives led to where I am today.
ABOUT THE INAUGURAL LECTURER
I am the 5th of 6 children: 4 men and 2 women. My father was a civil servant and my
mother a school teacher. I went to primary school at Zik Avenue Primary School,
Enugu. In those good old days children were asked to pass their right arm over their
head and touch the left ear as a way of confirming that they were old enough to start
school – I was 6 years old then.

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