Volume 10

Vol. 10 No. 1


The Nigerian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (NJGH) is the official publication of the Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria (SOGHIN). It publishes original research, reviews, randomized trials, and case reports on the biology and diseases of the gut, liver, pancreas, peritoneum and spleen in humans and experimental animal models. This year (2018) is the 10th year of existence of the Journal. This is a significant milestone and the opportunity should be seized to reflect on the objectives behind the founding of this Journal, the accomplishments so far recorded, and plans for improvement.

It would be appropriate to first present a brief historical account of the circumstances that necessitated the formation of SOGHIN and eventual founding of NJGH. The Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria is the product of the historic merger of the Association for Study of the Liver (ASLIN) and the Nigerian Chapter of West African Society for Gastroenterology (WASOG), in Port Harcourt in September 2007 with Professor B.J. Bojuwoye as the pioneer president. West African Society for Gastroenterology was the older of the two progenitor associations, but prior to the merger, WASOG had been inactive for many years; a situation that resulted partly from the brain drain that hit the Nigerian medical sector in the 1980s and 1990s.

A group of scholars and medical professionals at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife led by Professor Olusegun Ojo and Professor Dennis Ndububa rose to the occasion to close the void in this very important medical subspecialty. They started by forming the “Ife Liver Study Group”which provided the template for the formation of Nigeria Association for the Study of the Liver (NASL); the name was later changed to ASLIN. Exactly one year after the formation of SOGHIN (2008), its official publication (NJGH) was launched.

Nigerian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is published twice a year (June and December) and has maintained this frequency in a timely and uninterrupted fashion since inception. Each issue features a minimum of 3 original research articles. Review articles on topics of interest in gastroenterology are also frequently featured. Nigerian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is currently listed in African Journals Online (AJOL) and the process of getting it into Pubmed has been activated. It is hoped that this would be achieved within the next few years. The Journal is also aspiring to get listed in Thompson Reuters and its impact factor rating.

Professor Jesse Otegbayo was the pioneer Editor-in-Chief of NJGH. He laid a very solid foundation for the Journal and has continued to make his services available to succeeding Editorial Boards to ensure that the Journal continues to make progress. His dedication to duty, intellectual prowess and scholarly exploits have continued to inspire the younger ones.

I would like to seize this opportunity to thank the immediate past editor, Professor Funmi Lesi and all former and current members of the Editorial Board for their hard work, diligence and cooperation. The modest achievements the Journal has recorded would not have been possible without them. Tribute should also be paid to the pioneer and successive leaderships of SOGHIN. Right from inception, NJGH has remained a priority project of SOGHIN with the result that the financial support required for seamless operations of the Journal has never been in short supply. I am particularly grateful to the present Executive Council of SOGHIN led by Professor Musa Borodo for being favourably disposed towards the growth of the Journal. Our Publishers, Samdavies Publishers under the leadership of Mr. `Bukola Oyejide have been a great asset to the Journal. Their help made our job much easier.

Finally, I would like to thank our authors and reviewers for their support. Peer review remains an effective mechanism of ensuring that quality articles are published. Readers of this Journal are encouraged to take advantage of our timely review and personalised review process by sending their manuscripts to NJGH.

Original Article

Seroprevalence Trends of Hepatitis B and C Among Donors in the Blood Bank Service of A Nigerian Tertiary Hospital: a Five-year Retrospective Study

— Ibegbulam OG, Ugwoke CK, Umar GK, Moghalu EA and Umek N

Background and Objectives: Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections remain very serious public health risks of blood transfusion globally, and especially in developing regions. In the present study, we sought to retrospectively describe the trends of the seroprevalence of HBV a...

Original Article

Factors Impeding the Practice of Liver Transplantation in West Africa

— Okonkwo UC, Onyekwere CA, Ngim OE, Nwagbara VI and Bello RN

Background : The burden of liver disease is increasing globally due to the rising prevalence of its risk factors. This is particularly true in West Africa where hepatitis B virus (HBV) is endemic. Since liver transplantation (LT) was established as a definitive treatment for end-stage liver disease,...

Original Article

Awareness and Compliance With the Updated Sydney System Recommendations Among Nigerian Gastrointestinal Endoscopists

— Jemilohun AC and Adeoti ML

Background: It has been reported that gastric biopsy sets that comply with the Updated Sydney System (USS) biopsy sampling protocol have significantly better histological yield than those that do not for the most common gastric inflammatory conditions: Helicobacter pylori and intestinal metaplasia. ...

Original Article

Factors Associated With Death and Duration of Stay of Cirrhotic Patients Admitted in the Hepato-Gastroenterology Unit of Lomé Campus Teaching Hospital (Togo)

— Laté Mawuli Lawson-Ananissoh, Aklesso Bagny, Oumboma Bouglouga, Rafiou El Hadji Yakoubou, Laconi Kaaga and Datouda Redah

Background: In Togo, the death rate for cirrhosis was estimated at 33.4%. The purpose of this study was to identify the factors associated with the duration of stay and death of cirrhotic patients hospitalized in the hepato-gastroenterology department.

Patients and method: A retrospective, descript...

Case Reports

Primary Biliary Cirrhosis in a 37 Year Old Nigerian Male: A Case Report

— Agbo II, Ugiagbe RA, Omuemu CE, Eboikpomwen JO, Sefia U, Egbo O, Eghaghe EP and Woghiren AO

The typical patient with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is a middle aged woman presenting with fatigue, pruritus, and markedly elevated serum alkaline phosphatase (ALP) levels. PBC has a higher incidence and prevalence among Caucasians and Hispanics. We reported this case to reinforce the fact that...

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