Calabar Journal of Health Sciences is the first official scientific publication of the College of Medical Sciences of the University of Calabar, Nigeria. It is profiled to be an impactful scientific publication outreach and to create a literary space for scholars to share their research findings with the global intellectual community. The medium is also intended to address the health research communication deficit in the African sub-region, which is literally the theatre of the world’s most morbid health crises.
The scope of this journal is multi-disciplinary and encompasses the health sciences;Basic Medical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Clinical and Dental Sciences, Climate Change impact on global health–emerging diseases, Clinical Psychology, Community Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health, Ethno-pharmacognosy, Health-Related Ethics, Medical Laboratory Science, Medico-Legal aspects of Health, Nursing Science, Pharmaceutical Science, PrimaryHealth Care, Public Health and Sports Medicine.
In recent times, the scourge of malaria and other tropical diseases had momentarily been eclipsed by the pandemic fury of the more abrupt and transient out-breaks of Lassa and Ebola haemorrhagic fevers, and the Zika virus infection episodes. The factors of climate change and other man-made causes and their effects on community health remain ominous. Floods have swept road networks, whole communities and farm lands with deaths in their trail and millions rendered homeless.
The threats and ravages of war are no less devastating. War kills people, despoils the environment, shreds the fabric of healthy family life as units are ripped from their homelands,making migrants of whole communities torn by disruptive violence. Deaths, traumatic injuries and health failure from physical and emotional stresses and malnutrition supervene. The ensuing disease out-breaks make the life prospects of many even more harrowing.
This is the age of aggravated global health challenges about which every researcher in the field of health should have an observation to document and a research finding to report.The expanding fields of biomedical engineering and molecular biotechnology are creating new environments in research and positively impacting healthpreservation, restoration and finger-printing of etiological agents of health failure and expanding their horizons in various fields of health research.The dynamics of the intricate inter-microbial transactions that promote and sustain drug resistancechallengesare being unraveled,creating new technologies and domains in nucleic acid and protein research. Intellectuals in the health sciences are hereby urged to express themselves through innovative research and by using this literary medium to communicate new knowledge to the global academic community.
Finally, I thank Prof. Maurice E. Asuquo, the Provost of the College of Medical Sciences for his vision to float this journal and the inspiration that has helped to realize this objective. The Editorial Board acknowledges thankfully, the support of the Vice Chancellor Prof. Zana I. Akpagu for providing the resources for promoting this academic project.
Prof Simon. J. Utsalo