British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research aims to publish research papers, reviews and short communications in the areas of medicine and medical research. This is a quality controlled, peer-reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal. BJMMR will not only publish traditional full research reports, including short communications, but also this journal will publish reports/articles on all stages of the research process like study protocols, pilot studies and pre-protocols. BJMMR is novelty attracting, open minded, peer-reviewed medical periodical, designed to serve as a perfectly new platform for both mainstream and new ground shaking works as long as they are technically correct and scientifically motivated. The journal also encourages the submission of useful reports of negative results. This is a quality controlled, OPEN peer reviewed, open access INTERNATIONAL journal.
Subject matters include studies in clinical areas like immunology, anaesthesia, cardiovascular medicine, complementary medicine, dentistry and oral medicine, pathology, pharmacology and therapeutics, dermatology, respiratory medicine, rheumatology, drugs and medicines, ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, neurology, nutrition and metabolism, obstetrics and gynaecology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, genetics, geriatric medicine, haematology, oncology, ophthalmology, paediatrics, psychiatry, radiology, renal medicine, pharmacognosy, sexual health, urology, epidemiology, ethnic studies, health policy, occupational health, medical education, legal and forensic medicine, environmental medicine and public health, medicine development and safety testing, drug legislation and safety.
From 2015, every volume of this journal will consist of 12 issues. Every issue will consist of minimum 5 papers. Each issue will be running issue and all officially accepted manuscripts will be immediately published online. State-of-the-art running issue concept gives authors the benefit of ‘Zero Waiting Time’ for the officially accepted manuscripts to be published. This journal is an international journal and scope is not confined by boundary of any country or region. This journal has no relationship with British Medical Journal (BMJ). This journal has no connection with any society or association, related to Medicine or Medical research and allied fields. This is an independent journal run by SDI.
The Millennium Development Goals identify the health and wellbeing of children as important indices of meaningful development. An important aspect of child survival is the control of vaccine-preventable diseases. Measles remains an important cause of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. Although global measles deaths have been reduced by 74% between year 2000 and 2010, the world measles burden still resides in the developing world with measles epidemics occurring in a large and recurrent manner with associated high mortality. These outbreaks can forestall the effects of the control and eradication of measles globally. Nigeria has been experiencing the incidence of measles outbreaks which have occurred in the year 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2011. These outbreaks are a cause of concern particularly the outbreak in 2011 which occurred following a mass measles vaccination campaign earlier that year. Efforts to improve control have been on-going and progress has been made particularly with the establishment in 2006 of a system of measles case-based surveillance, however in the myriad of factors plaguing the control of measles in the country, low immunization coverage is still the main factor involved. The inability to control measles is a reflection of the work that needs to be done as regards our immunization coverage and structures that are needed to be put in place.
Chronic low immunization and the factors that contribute to it should be addressed with measures and structures that can achieve long term effect. These factors have already been identified and solutions tailored to them need to start taking place. The effect of political and financial committment in achieving this is invaluable especially if the country would achieve the fourth millenium development goal to reduce under-five mortality by two-thirds to which measles is a significant contributor in this part of the world.
Measles; control; immunization; Nigeria.