With the passing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 and signing of the International
Covenants on Civil and Political Rights, 1966 and the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 1966, there
has been a global emphasis on human rights. The issue of patients’ rights has also been brought to
prominence with the advent of modern technology and the availability (and use) of artificial measures to
prolong life; the evolution of legal rights and duties of patients, an increased concern for the rights of
the patients, the increase in number of people affected by HIV/Aids, and a growing population of elderly
patients. However, apart from those international instruments setting out human rights, most national
Constitutions have equally set out fundamental rights of individual. In this category is the Constitution
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 which sets out fundamental human rights enjoyable by
everyone (any patient inclusive) within the territory of the country. Violation of these rights is
enforceable in court and the violator may be liable to pay heavy damages and compensation. This
article discusses those rights that centre on the relationship of a patient and his/her healthcare
providers, specifically, the rights of a surgical patient in relation to his/her medical doctors, nurses,
other health personnel and health institutions.
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