Dennis A. Ndububa
President, Society for Gastroenterology & Hepatology in Nigeria (SOGHIN)
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the new and improved website of the Society for Gastroenterology & Hepatology in Nigeria (SOGHIN). The society has recorded an impressive growth since its inauguration almost 12 years ago. Our membership parades an array of health professionals with a common interest in the advancement of research, care and treatment of gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary disorders. Our members can be found in virtually all the Teaching and Specialist Hospitals across the country. Professional and specialist sub-groups have emerged for an effective realization of the society’s goals. These sub-groups are Physicians, Surgeons, Pathologists, Interventional Radiologists and Nurses. They now organize parallel sessions on relevant topical issues during our annual scientific meetings.
Important milestones have been achieved since the inception of the society. The society floated its journal, Nigerian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology (NJGH), a year into its founding and it is currently in the 11th year of publication. SOGHIN now has Guidelines on the management and care of Chronic Hepatitis B & C, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Dyspepsia and Colo-Rectal Cancer. These guidelines will be available on this website for easy access to members and other health care practitioners and policy makers. Through its participation in the Technical Working Group on Viral Hepatitis of the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, SOGHIN was also able to assist in the preparation and publication of the National Guidelines for the Prevention, Treatment and Care of Viral Hepatitis in Nigeria.
In 2012, the society successfully hosted a meeting of African & Middle East Association of Gastroenterology (AMAGE), a regional affiliate of the World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO) in Tinapa, Calabar, Nigeria, for the first time in sub-Sahara Africa. A few years later, WGO established an Endoscopy Training Centre in Lagos to be run by our society in conjunction with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). SOGHIN members belong to the African Network for Gastrointestinal & Liver Diseases, a forum initiated by illustrious Gastroenterologists of Africa in diaspora (based mainly in the United States) to help build capacity in the fields of Gastroenterology & Hepatology especially in sub-Sahara Africa.
We have been having fruitful working relationships and joint programmes with international organizations who share common interests with us. Examples are the South African Gastroenterology Foundation (SAGF), American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). This SOGHIN website will no doubt serve as an interface with these organizations and WGO as well.
It is hoped that members will avail themselves with the opportunities provided by this website to read SOGHIN updates, conference proceedings and schedules, upload articles for NJGH and make payments for SOGHIN annual membership dues and conference fees among others. Suggestions are welcome for further improvement of the features and services offered by this website. You are welcome, once again, to our world, our world of digestive diseases care.