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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 31-32


Date of Web Publication24-Feb-2022

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DOI: 10.4103/njgh.njgh_3_22

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. Editorial. Niger J Gastroenterol Hepatol 2021;13:31-2

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. Editorial. Niger J Gastroenterol Hepatol [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Nov 26];13:31-2. Available from: https://www.njghonweb.org/text.asp?2021/13/2/31/338252

I hereby present to you, the July–December 2021 edition of our esteemed journal, the Nigerian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official publication of the Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria (SOGHIN). Beginning with this edition, I am taking over the baton as the editor-in-chief, after three editors: Professors Jesse Otegbayo, Olufunmilayo Lesi, and Sylvester Nwokediuko, who, during their respective tenures, have made tremendous contributions to sustain this unique, subspecialty Journal in the last 12 years since it was inaugurated. The journal has continued to provide an avenue and forum for exchange of scientific information and ideas by publishing original research and reports regarding the biology and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, pancreas, peritoneum, and spleen both in humans and experimental animal models. It has moved from manual handling of manuscripts on to the online manuscript management system provided by Medknow Ltd of India. Profound appreciation goes to my predecessors for the various landmark achievements.

The current Editorial Board aspires to increase the journal frequency, visibility, and scientific content in the coming years. To achieve this, the Board has decided to widen participation among the SOGHIN membership by inviting contributions from all the professional groups within the Society. Thus, we invite high-quality scientific research in any area of gastroenterology and hepatology from physicians, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, oncologists, nurses, and basic medical scientists, from any part of the globe.

Helicobacter pylori is a most ubiquitous organism that infects almost 50% of the world population and has been associated with several gastrointestinal pathologies including chronic gastritis, gastric adenocarcinoma, and MALToma. Eradication of the organism is an eminently important management approach to prevent progression of H. pylori-associated chronic gastritis to gastric cancer. In this edition, Constant et al. described the impact of quadruple eradication therapy on the indices of the Sydney System in Chronic Helicobacter pylori Gastritis in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. They reported that eradication treatment for H. pylori improved all the parameters in the Sydney Classification grading system of chronic gastritis in their patients apart from intestinal metaplasia.

Colorectal cancer is another disease entity whose incidence has been reported to be rising in Nigeria, with higher proportion of relatively younger patients in comparison to patients from developed countries. The use of genome-wide gene expression-based data has made it possible to subclassify colorectal cancer into four Consensus Molecular Subtypes for the purpose of prognosis and treatment. The use of this method of classification for purposes of patients’ management in developing countries is challenging because of the high and unaffordable costs associated with genetic testing, which makes for the general non-availability of the technology. This edition contains a report that describes the utilization of immunohistochemical techniques to subclassify a cohort of colorectal cancer patients into the four molecular subtypes. The report demonstrates that this technique could serve as a cost-effective alternative, of a prognostic value, and thus, a predictive tool for low- and middle-income countries.

Colonoscopy is an essential tool for diagnosis, management, and screening of gastrointestinal disorders. Unlike in the past, several centers in Nigeria now have facilities for colonoscopy while SOGHIN continues to serve as the platform for training of endoscopists. Ekunife and colleagues, in this edition, present an audit of evolving colonoscopy practice from two centers in Imo State, Nigeria and recommend the need to expand the coverage and better recording and data management.

The edition also contains three exciting case reports as well as abstracts from the 13th Scientific Conference of the Society which was held in July 2021. This conference was the first time the society would be holding a virtual conference, having participants, not only from parts of Nigeria but also from other parts of the globe. This is one of the gains of COVID-19 pandemic. The editorial team congratulates the conference organizing committee under the leadership of Dr. Emeka Ray-Offor.

Finally, the year also witnessed the election of new officers of SOGHIN, led by Professor Jesse Otegbayo, who was the first editor-in-chief of NJGH and the current Chief Medical Director of University College Hospital, Ibadan. On behalf of the Editorial team, I congratulate the members of the new Executive Council and wish them a successful and impactful tenure.

Professor Fatimah Abdulkareem, MBBCh, MD, FMCPath, Editor-in-Chief


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