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Prof. Friday Akwagiobe Odey






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About Prof. Friday Akwagiobe Odey

Akwagiobe Friday Odey is a Professor of Paediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calabar. He obtained the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBCh) degree in August 1991. He also obtained the Fellowship of the National Postgraduate College of Medicine in Paediatrics (FMCPaed.) in 2004. He was employed by the University of Calabar as Lecturer 1 in 2007. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010, Associate Professor in 2013 and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2016. During the course of his academic career, he has been actively involved in the training of undergraduate students in the department of Paediatrics. He has equally trained post-graduate (Resident Doctors) and supervised their dissertations as they pursue their specialization programme in different fields of Paediatrics. His research area include infectious diseases especially malaria and drug trials and has conducted several epidemiological researches. He is one of the Lecturer in Haematology and Oncology unit in Paediatrics department. Due to his commitment to serve the Faculty, Professor Odey served outside his primary department as the acting Head of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology department from March 2009 to September 2011. This sacrifice was to enable the Faculty meet the MDCN requirement for headship of clinical departments. He was elected Deputy Dean of the Faculty in September 2016 and assumed duties in October 2016. He assists the Dean in running the affairs of the Faculty. He is married with four children.

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Friday A Odey, M. M. Meremikwu, A Oyo-Ita, C. M. Oringanje, E. A. Iwasam, A. A. Alaribe, B. Oduwole, V. Asiegbu, and E. N. U. Ezedinachi (2011). An Open label 14-day Therapeutic Trial of Artesunate plus Amodiaquine for treating uncomplicated falciparum malaria in Calabar, Nigeria. Mary Slessor Journal of Medicine;11(1):31–38.
Meremikwu M, Odey F, Oringanje C, Oyo-Ita A, Udoh E, Eyong K, Oduwole O (2013). Effectiveness of a 6-dose regimen of Artemether-Lumefantrine for unsupervised treatment of uncomplicated childhood malaria in Calabar, Nigeria. Nigeria Journal of Paediatrics; 40:145-149.
Arikpo D, Edet ES, Chibuzor MT, Odey F, Caldwell DM (2018). Educational interventions for improving primary caregiver complementary feeding practices for children aged 24 months and under. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD011768.
The Four Artemisinin-Based Combinations (4ABC) Study Group (2011). A Head-to-Head Comparison of Four Artemisinin-Based Combinations for Treating Uncomplicated Malaria in African Children: A Randomized Trial. PLoS Medicine 8(11): e1001119.
Godwin T Jombo, Emmanuel M Mbaawuaga, Sebastin T Anongu, Daniel Z Egah, Maximus N. Enenebeaku, Emmanuel E Okwori, Chuks G Ejezie, Ima Bassey, Friday Odey (2010). Africa's 9th malaria day celebration in 2009 and its bearing on most vulnerable groups. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine. 3:294-297.
Friday Odey, Ukeme Umoh, Martin Meremikwu, Anthony Udosen (2006). Potts Disease in Children and Adolescents in Calabar, Nigeria.  Internet Journal of Infectious Diseases; 6:1
Udoh E, Meremikwu M, Odey F, Oringanje C, Oduwole O, Oyo-ita A. (2014). Artemisinin-naphthoquine versus Artemether-lumefantrine for treating uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in children: A randomized controlled trial of efficacy and safety. Nigeria Journal of Paediatrics; 41 (3):170 –174
Ijeoma N. Diaku-Akinwumi, Sani B. Abubakar, Samuel A. Adegoke, Solomon Adeleke, Oyebade Adewoye, Titilayo Adeyemo, Akinsegun Akinbami, Norah O. Akinola, Adebola Akinsulie, Adeline Akinyoola, John Aneke, Sani Awwalu, Ahmadu Babadoko, Biobele Brown, Obuoha Ejike, Ifeoma Emodi, Innocent George, Ahmed Girei, Abdulaziz Hassan, Garba U. Kangiwa, Olubunmi A. Lawal, Cecilia Mabogunje, Anazoeze J. Madu, Akeem Mustapha, Muhammad Ndakotsu, Obiageli E. Nnodu, Damian Nwaneri, Friday Odey, Chinatu Ohiaeri, Rasaq Olaoshebikan, Oladele S. Olatunya O, Oluseyi Oniyangi, Hyginus Opara, Ngozi I. Ugwu, Abubakar U. Musa, Shehu Abdullahi, Abubakar Usman, Enobong Utuk, Binta W. Jibirl and Adekunle D. Adekile (2016). Blood transfusion services for patients with sickle cell disease in Nigeria. International Health, ihw014
Jombo GT, Akpan S, Epoke J, Denen-Akaa P, Odey F (2010). Multi-drug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections complicating surgical wounds and the potential challenges in managing post-operative wound infections: University of Calabar teaching hospital experience. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine; 3(6): 479-482.
Friday Odey, Uduak Okomo, Angela Oyo-Ita (2009). Vaccines for preventing invasive salmonella infections in people with sickle cell disease (Intervention Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 4.
Roseline E Duke, Friday Odey (2016). Weight of Children Presenting with Childhood Cataract. Jacobs Journal of Ophthalmology; 2(2): 018.
Friday A. Odey, I. S. Etuk, M. H. Etukudoh, M. M. Meremikwu (2010). Hypokalaemia in Children Hospitalised for Diarrhoea and Malnutrition in Calabar, Nigeria. The Nigerian Postgraduate Medical Journal; 17(1):19-22.
Odey, AF, Usang UE, Inyang AW, Ineji EO, Eshiet A, and Meremikwu MM (2010). The importance of repeated digital rectal examination in the diagnosis of fecal impaction mimicking a pelvic tumour. International Journal of Tropical Surgery; 4 :73–77.
Victor O. Ansa, M. U. Anah, Friday A. Odey, P. N. Mbu, E. I. Agbor (2010). Relationship between Parental Socio-economic Status and Casual Blood Pressure in Coastal Nigerian Adolescents. West African Journal of Medicine 29:146-152.   
Jombo GTA, Mbaawuaga EM, Ayegba AS, Enenebeaku MNO, Okwori EE, Peters EJ, Akpan S, Odey F, Gyuse AN (2010). How far have we rolled back malaria on the African continent nine years down? The burden of malaria among pregnant women in a semi-urban community of northern Nigeria. Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences; 1:235-241.
Stephen Oguche, Henrietta U. Okafor, Ismaila Watila, Martin Meremikwu, Philip Agomo, William Ogala, Chimere Agomo, Godwin Ntadom, Olajide Banjo, Titilope Okuboyejo, Gboye Ogunrinde, Friday Odey, Olugbemiga Aina, Tolulope Sofola, Akintunde Sowunmi. (2014). Efficacy of Artemisinin-Based Combination Treatments of Uncomplicated Falciparum Malaria in Under-Five-Year-Old Nigerian Children. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 91(5), pp. 925–935.
Roseline E. Duke, Friday Odey, and Stefan De Smedt (2016). Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis in Public Primary School Children in Nigeria: Prevalence and Nomenclature. Epidemiology Research International, 2016, Article ID 9854062, 6 pages doi:10.1155/2016/9854062
Jombo GTA, Odey F, Ibor S, Bolarin DM, Ejezie GC, Egah DZ, Okwori EE, Enenebeaku MNO, Alao OO (2010). Subclinical significant bacteriuria among pre-school children in Calabar municipality: A survey. Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences. 1:134-140.
Ekong E. Udoh, Angela E. Oyo-ita, Friday A. Odey, Komomo I. Eyong, Chioma M. Oringanje, Olabisi A. Oduwole, Joseph U. Okebe, Ekpereonne B. Esu, Martin M. Meremikwu, Asindi A. Asindi (2013). Malariometric Indices among Nigerian children in a rural setting. Malaria Research and Treatment; 2013, ID 716805, 4 pages.
Olabisi A. Oduwole, Chuks J. Ejezie, Friday A. Odey, Chioma M. Origanje, Davis Nwakanma, Segun Bello, Eniyou Oriero, Joseph Okebe, Anyawu A. Alaribe, Saturday Etuk, Martin Meremikwu (2011). Congenital malaria in Calabar, Nigeria, The Molecular Perspective. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 84(3):386-89.
Mokuolu, O. A., Ajumobi, O. O., Ntadom, G. N., Adedoyin, O. T., Roberts, A. A., Agomo, C. O., ... Odey. A. F.,…. & Maikore, I. K. (2018). Provider and patient perceptions of malaria rapid diagnostic test use in Nigeria: a cross-sectional evaluation. Malaria Journal, 17(1), 200.
Friday Odey, Ekperonne Esu, Emmanuel Effa, Ekong Udoh, Olabisi  Oduwole, Moriam Chibuzor, Angela Oyo-Ita, Martin Meremikwu (2013). Management of severe malaria in children under 5 years of age in private and public health facilities in Cross River State, southeastern Nigeria: an audit of current practices. Journal of Clinical Audit; 5:43–48. DOI:
Jombo GTA, Mbaawuaga EM, Gyuse AN, Enenebeaku MNO, Okwori EE, Peters EJ, Akpan S, Odey F, Etukumana EA, Akosu JT (2010). Socio-cultural factors influencing insecticide treated bed net utilization in a malaria endemic city in north-central Nigeria. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine. 3:402-406
Martin Meremikwu, Friday Odey, Chioma Oringanje, Angela Oyo-ita, Emmanuel Effa, Ekpereonne B Esu, Eyam Eyam, Olabisi Oduwole, Vivian Asiegbu, Ambrose Alaribe, Emmanuel N Ezedinachi (2012).  Open-label trial of three dosage regimens of fixed-dose combination of artemisinin and naphthoquine for treating uncomplicated falciparum malaria in Calabar, Nigeria. Malaria Journal;11: 413
Ekong E. Udoh, Friday A. Odey, Emmanuel E. Effa, Ekpereonne B. Esu, Martin M. Meremikwu (2016). Facility-based evaluation of under-fives with diarrhoea in Cross River State, Nigeria: A Clinical Audit. International Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics;3:1173-7.
Friday A. Odey, P. Jibrin, M. Eyong, M. Anah, A. A. Asindi (2010). Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa in a Female Nigerian Child: A Case Report. Nigerian Postgraduate Medical Journal; 17:175–178.
Godwin T Jombo, James G Damen, Hauwa Safiyanu, Friday Odey, Emmanuel M Mbaawuaga (2010). Human intestinal parasitism, potable water availability and methods of sewage disposal among nomadic Fulanis in Kuraje rural settlement of Zamfara state: A survey. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine; 3:491-493.
Emmanuel Ezedinachi, Friday Odey, Soter Ameh, Olabisi Oduwole, Ekpereonne Esu, Regina Ejemot-Nwadiaro, Godwin Ntadom, Aniekan Etokidem, Ekong Udoh, Vivian Asiegbu, Iyam Ugot, Patrick Asuquo, Ambrose Alaribe, Joe Charles, Ernest Nwokolo, Martin Meremikwu (2012). Factors affecting the uptake of anti-malarial drugs by children in public primary health facilities in Cross River State, Nigeria. Open Epidemiology Journal. 5:21–26. (United Arab Emirates)
Rachel Umoren, Friday Odey, Martin M Meremikwu (2011). Steam inhalation or humidified oxygen for acute bronchiolitis in children up to three years of age. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD006435. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006435.
Udoh Ekong, Angela Oyo-ita, Friday Odey, Emmanuel Effa, Ekpereonne Esu, Olabisi Oduwole, Moriam Chibuzor, Martin Meremikwu (2013). "Management of Uncomplicated Malaria in Underfives in Private and Public Health Facilities in South-Eastern Nigeria: A Clinical Audit of Current Practices," Malaria Research and Treatment; 2013, Article ID 575080, doi:10.1155/2013/575080
Friday A. Odey, EE Ekanem, AE Udoh, I Ntui (2007). Lipids profiles of apparently healthy adolescents in Calabar, Nigeria. Central African Journal of Medicine: 53; 11–18.
E.N.U. Ezedinachi, F.A. Odey, O.A. Oduwole, E.B. Esu,  A.A. Oyo-Ita, R. Ejemot-Nwadiaro, E.E. Udoh, V. Asiegbu, N.S. Nwachuku,  A.A. Alaribe and M.M. Meremikwu (2011). Diagnostic Accuracy of Histidine-Rich Protein 2 Based Rapid Diagnostic Test and Microscopy in the Diagnosis of Plasmodium falciparum Malaria in Akpabuyo, South-Eastern Nigeria. Mary Slessor Journal of Medicine; 11 :1-8.
J. E. Ekabua, T. U. Agan, C. U. Iklaki, E. I. Ekanem, I. H. Itam, F. A. Odey (2005). Complications Associated with Macrosomic Fetus in Calabar South Eastern Nigeria.  Mary Slessor Journal of Medicine; 5 (2) :5-7.
Godwin T Jombo, Gyuse AN , Odey F , Ibor S , Bolarin DM , Utsalo SJ , Denen Akaa P, Okwori EE (2010). A survey of antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of bacterial isolates from community acquired significant bacteriuria among pre-school children in a municipality in calabar. International Journal of Biological and Medical Research; 1(4) :172-176.
Ekpereonne Esu, Emmanuel Effa, Ekong Udoh, Olabisi Oduwole, Friday Odey, Moriam Chibuzor, Angela Oyo-Ita, Martin Meremikwu (2013). Utilization of intermittent preventive treatment for malaria among pregnant women attending antenatal clinics in health facilities of Cross River State, Nigeria. Research & Reports in Tropical Medicine; 4.
Olugbenga A. Mokuolu, Godwin N. Ntadom, Olufemi O. Ajumobi, Roberts A. Alero, Robinson D. Wammanda, Olanrewaju T. Adedoyin, Henrietta U. Okafor, Adekunle D. Alabi, Friday A. Odey, Chimere O. Agomo, Kate U. Edozieh, Tolulope O. Fagbemi, Ahmad M. Njidda, Seye Babatunde, Emmanuel C. Agbo, Nnamdi B. Nwaneri, Emmanuel D. Shekarau, Temitope O. Obasa and Nnenna M. Ezeigwe (2016). Status of the use and compliance with malaria rapid diagnostic tests in formal private health facilities in Nigeria. Malaria Journal; 15:4
Ezedinachi EE, Odey AF, Esu EB,  Oduwole OA, Nwachuku NS, Meremikwu MM (2014). Treatment Delay Attitude of Caregivers in Management of Childhood Malaria in Rural Communities in Nigeria. British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research 4 (35) pp. 5577-5586.
Ekaette Enang, Michael Ushie, Iwara Arikpo, Kalu Osonwa, Ekpereonne Esu, Friday Odey, Angela Oyo-Ita, Martin Meremikwu (2013). Childbirth practices in the Akpabuyo rural health and Demographic Surveillance System. Journal of Developing Country Studies; 3. 8 pages.
F. Odey, M. Anah, V. Ansa, J. Ogbeche, M. Meremikwu and E. Ekanem (2009). PRE-HYPERTENSION AND HYPERTENSION AMONG ADOLESCENTS IN CALABAR, NIGERIA. Global Journal of Community Medicine; 2:13–20.
Philip U Agomo, Martin M Meremikwu, Ismaila M Watila, Innocent J Omalu, Friday A Odey, Stephen Oguche, Valentine I Ezeiru, Olugbenga O Aina (2008). Efficacy, safety and tolerability of artesunate-mefloquine in the treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in four geographic zones of Nigeria. Malaria Journal; 7:172  doi:10.1186/1475-2875-7-172
Friday Akwagiobe Odey, Ita Bassey Okokon, Jude Ogbeche Ogbeche, Godwin Terver Jombo, Emmanuel Eyo Ekanem (2012). Prevalence of cigarette smoking among adolescents in Calabar city, south-eastern Nigeria. Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences; 3:237-242 April 2012.
Friday Odey, Udoezuo Ogbonna, Chukwudi Oringanje, Martin Meremikwu (2015). Topical Lidocaine gel for vulva or clitoral pain in women and girls with female genital mutilation. PROSPERO 2015:CRD42015025192.

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