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Dr. Joanah Moses Ikobah




Senior Lecturer


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About Dr. Joanah Moses Ikobah

Dr. Joanah Ikobah is a Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics at the University of Calabar, an Honorary chief Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital. She obtained her MBBCh degree from the University of Calabar in 2003 and the Fellowship of West African College of Physicians in Paediatrics, FWACP(Paeds) in April 2003 on completion of her residency training in Paediatrics at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria. She was awarded a study grant by the Nestle Nutrition Institute Africa/ESPGHAN Goes Africa for training in Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa in March, and October 2013. She then obtained the Fellowship of the College of Medicine of South Africa in Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition following a two-year scholarship training by the Nestle Nutrition Institute at the Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Division, Tygerberg Academic Hospital/Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa in May 2017. She completed a postgraduate certificate in Paediatric Nutrition from Boston University, the United State of America in October 2020. She is a Commonwealth Medical Fellow following a 6-month clinical fellowship of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission at the Liver Unit (including Small BowelTransplantation) of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, the United Kingdom in 2021. She obtained a certificate of training from the University of Washington in Leadership and Health Management Course. Her research interests include Paediatric Gastroenterology, viral Hepatitis, Primary Malnutrition, Breastfeeding, and infant complementary feeding. She is skilled in performing upper and lower gastro-intestinal endoscopy including diagnostic and therapeutic interventions and liver biopsies. She has published scholarly articles in peer-reviewed National and International journals. She was the LOC chairman for the first Paediatric Endoscopy Pre-Conference workshop of the Paediatric Association of Nigeria Annual Conference in Calabar in 2014. She served as the Residency Training Co-ordinator in the Paediatric Department of University of Calabar Teaching Hospital from October 2017 to February 2021. She also served as a Faculty of Medicine representative to another faculty. She teaches and mentors medical students, nurses, and supervises resident doctors. She is a member of many professional bodies including the Medical and Dental Consultant Association, Paediatric Association of Nigeria, the West African College of Physicians, Nigerian Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, The European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

S/N Qualification School Atttended Started Finished
First School Leaving CertificateAdeniyi Jones Primary School, Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria19801985
Senior Secondary School CertificateFederal Government Girls' College, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria19851991
MBBChUniversity of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria19962003
Fellow, West College of Physicians (Paediatrics)Post Graduate Training in Paediatrics, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria20062013
Certificate in Paeds GastroenterologyPost Graduate Training in Paediatrics, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in Tygerberg Academic Hospital, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, 20152017

S/N Publication
Ikobah, J. M., Iwasam, E. A., Uhegbu, K., & Udoh, E. (2021). Predictors of Breastfeeding Practices among Mothers in a Developing African country – A tertiary facility-based study in Calabar, Nigeria. Niger J Paediatr: 48(1): 298-304
Adeniyi, O. F., Odegbe, E., Olatona, F. A., Lawal, M., Onywekwelu, V. I., Akinbolagbe, Y. O., & Ikobah, J. M. (2020). Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children: Experience and Constraints in a Resource limited setting. Cureus 12(4): e7848. DOI 10.7759/cureus.7848
Ikobah, J. M., Ikpeme, O., Omoronyia, O., et al. (2020). Current Knowledge of BreastfeedingAmong Health Workers in a Developing Country Setting: A Survey in Calabar, Nigeria. Cureus 12(9):e10476. DOI 10.7759/cureus.10476
Ikobah, J. M., Omoronyia, O., Ikpeme, O., Ekpeyong, N., & Utsu, C. (2020). Attitude Towards Infant Feeding Among HealthWorkers in Calabar, Nigeria. American Journal of Pediatrics. 6(3): 368-372. doi: 10.11648/j.ajp.20200603.43
Eyong, M, Ikobah, J. M., Ntia, H., & Eyong, E. (2020). Growth parameters of Children in Calabar, South-south Nigerian City: Are the CDC Growth charts useful in clinical practice in this area? Niger J. Paediatr. 47(1): 30 – 36
Uzomba, C., Ikobah., J. M., & Etuk, I. (2019). Changing Pattern of Paediatric Renal Disorders in Calabar, Nigeria. J Ped. Neprology 7(1)
Ikobah, J. M., Okpara, H. C., Agbor, E. I., Ogarepe, O., Udoh, E. E., & Ekanem, E. E. (2016). The prevalence of hepatitis B virus infection in Nigerian adolescents prior to vaccine introduction into the National Programme on Immunization schedule. Pan African Medical Journal 16: 23:128
Eyong, M. E., Ntia, H. U., Ikobah, J. M., Eyong, E. M., Uket, H., Enyuma, C., & Uheagbu, K. (2018). Pattern of pubertal changes in Calabar, South South Nigeria. Pan African Medical Journal 31:20.15544
Ekanem, E. E., Ikobah, J. M., & Okpara, H. C. (2018). Faeco-orally transmitted viral hepatitis in African Children. J Immunological Sci. 2(3): 13-17
Ekanem, E. E. , Inah, G. B., Ikobah, J. M., & Ikpeme, A. A. (2018). Gallbladder Stone as a possible cause of acute and recurrent abdominal pain in Nigerian adolescent sicklers: A report of two cases. Niger J Paediatr. 45(4): 203 - 205
Ikobah, J. M., Okpara, H. C., Iwasam, E. A., & Ekanem, E. E. (2017). Asymptomatic Hepatitis C infection in Nigerian Adolescents. EC Gastroenterology and Digeative System 4(4): 113-118
Adeniyi, F. O., Lesi, O. A., Olatona, F. A., Esezobor, C. I., & Ikobah, J. M. (2017). Irritable bowel Syndrome in adolescents in Lagos. Pan African Medical Journal 28, 93.
Ekanem, E. E., Ikobah, J. M., Ngim, O. E., Okpara, H. C. (2016). Ulcerative Colitis in a Nigerian Child: Case Report. Niger J Paediatr. 43(4): 291-294
Ekanem, E. E., & Ikobah, J. M. (2016). Inflammatory Bowel Disease. In Azubike and Nkanginieme. Textbook of Paediatric and Child Health in a Tropical Region 3rd Edition. Educational Printing and Publishing, Surulere, Lagos. 934-945
Ikobah, J. M., Ekanem, E. E., Okpara, H. C., & Udo, J. J. (2015). Seroprevalence and predictors of viral Hepatitis A in children. Pan African Medical Journal 20:120, doi:10.11604/pamj.2015.20.120.5501
Ekanem, E. E., Ikobah, J. M., Okpara, H. C., Udo, J. J. (2015). Seroprevalence and predictors of viral hepatitis E in children. Journal of Infection in developing Countries, North America 9(11).
Ilori, I. U., & Ikobah, J. M. (2015). A comparison of three Age-based formula of Estimating Weight in Nigerian Children. American Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine 3(2): 24-27
Ikobah, J. M., Ngim, O. E., Adeniyi, F., Ekanem, E. E., & Abiodun, P. (2015). Paediatric Endoscopy in Nigeria-Humble beginning. Niger J. Paediatr. 42(2): 147-150
Ngim, O. E., Ikobah, J. M., Ukpabio, I., Bassey, G. E., & Ekanem, E. E. (2014). Paediatric Endoscopy in Calabar, an Emerging Trend- Challenges and Prospects: A Report of Two Cases. IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences 13(1): 28-30
Eyong, K. I., Philip-Ephraim, E. E., Inah, G., Ikobah, J. M., Ekanem, E. E., & Asindi, A. A. (2014). Cranial nerve palsies in Nigerian children. Niger J Paed. 41(2): 140-142

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