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Uwemedimbuk Ekanem

University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

Uwemedimbuk Ekanem

Uwemedimbuk Ekanem, MD, MPH
Senior Lecturer/Honorary Senior Consultant Community Physician, University of Uyo/University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

Dr. U.S. Ekanem is a Senior Lecturer and researcher in the department of Community (Public) Health, University of Uyo, where she chaired the department from July 2008 to November 2012. She also serves as an honorary Senior Consultant Community Physician in the Department of Community Health at University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, which is an affiliate institution to the University of Uyo.

She holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.Ch) degree of the University of Calabar (1990) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree of the University of Lagos (1997). She is a fellow of the West African College of Physicians in the Faculty of Public Health from 2007.

As a lecturer, researcher and academician, her responsibilities include teaching at the graduate and post-graduate levels. She teaches reproductive health, environmental health, research methods and gender issues. She initiates, plans, conducts and report on researches. She has authored and co-authored about 17 publications on communicable diseases and health-related issues.

As a Consultant Community Physician, her duties are; provision of first level health care in all medical specialties; health promotion and disease prevention activities in the clinics, hospitals and communities; training of resident Doctors, Nurses and Community Health officers, offering technical assistance to Federal and State Ministries of health, and also to local governments authorities on maternal and child health programmes; health advocacy to State and LGA policy makers, community and religious leaders; and  co-ordination of activities of health workers at Comprehensive health centers.

Dr. Ekanem has directed and facilitated several training courses on Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), Prevention of Mother-to Child Transmission (PMTC) of HIV, and Women and Children’s Friendly Health services. She has also participated in developing training manuals for some of these courses.


  • Idung AU, Abasiubong F, Udoh SB, Ekanem US. Overweight and obesity profiles in Niger Delta Region, Nigeria. Afr J Prim Health Care Fam Med. 2014 Jan 28;6(1):5 pages. doi: 10.4102/phcfm.v6i1.542
  • Waruingi MD, Downing KJ, Amos I, Waritu AS, Amos O, Peiffer S, Ademodi T, Agunbiade S, Ekanem U, Ustawi Research Institute F of. Globalization of Health Care: Designing, Developing and Implementing a Just World Class Health System in a Frontier Market. The Journal of Global Health Care Systems. 2013 Jun 22;3(2). Available from: http://jghcs.info/index.php/j/article/view/213
  • Abasiubong F, Idung AU, Udoh SB, Ekanem US. Parental influence on substance use among young people in the Niger Delta region, Nigeria. African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies. 2013 Mar 18;11(1). doi: 10.4314/ajdas.v11i1.
  • Ekanem US, Opara DC, Akwaowo CD. High blood pressure in a semi-urban community in south-south Nigeria: a community-based study. Afr Health Sci. 2013 Mar;13(1):56-61. doi: 10.4314/ahs.v13i1.8
  • Ekanem US, Eyoh JE, Esubok NS. Prevalence of hepatitis-B virus infection among HIV patients seen in University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, Uyo. International Journal of Research in BioSciences. 2013;2(1): 92-8.
  • Idung AU, Udoh SB, Okokon IB. Motorcycling as a Risk Factor for Erectile Dysfunction: Implications for Appropriate Intervention and Prevention Strategies. Nigerian Journal of Family Practice. 2013;3(2):33-40. Available from: http://www.ajol.info/index.php/njfp/article/view/117458
  • Udofia EA, Akwaowo CD, Ekanem US. Awareness, use and main source of information on preventive health examinations: a survey of childbearing women in Uyo, Nigeria. Afr J Reprod Health. 2012 Dec;16(4):149-61.
  • Abraham EG, Ekanem US. Prevalence of traumatic ocular injuries in a teaching hospital in south-south Nigeria – a two year review. Advance Tropical Medicine and Public Health International. 2012;2(3):102-8. Available from: http://www.scopemed.org/?mno=23825
  • Ekanem US, Onayade AA, Abiona TC, Bassey EE. Breastfeeding Practices and Maternal Weight Changes in the First Six Months after Delivery in Southwest Nigeria. International Journal of Chemical, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Research. 2012;3(2):122-6.
  • Umoh AV, Abah GM, Ekanem US. A study of fertility intentions of women in Uyo, Nigeria. Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology. 2012;4(1):14-8.
  • Abasiubong F, Udoh S, Ntuk E, Ekanem U, Etukumana E. Gender Differences in Attitude to Use of Condom and Sexual Practices among Higher School Students in Nigeria. TAF Preventive Medicine Bulletin. 2011:519. doi: 10.5455/pmb.20110322123927
  • Abraham EG, Ekanem US. Pattern of traditional eye medications use as seen in a tertiary hospital- University of Uyo Teaching Hospital experience. Ibom Medical Journal. 2011;4(1):29-32.
  • Nottidge TE, Ekanem US, Ogunlade SO, Ngim NE, Mkpouto-Obong ES. Motorcycle Road Traffic Injuries in Southern Nigeria: The Small Motorcycle as a Prevention Strategy. 2010 Dec 31. Available from: https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/handle/1807/52833
  • Opara DC, Ikpeme EE, Ekanem US. Prevalence of Stunting, Underweight and Obesity in School Aged Children in Uyo, Nigeria. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition. 2010 May 1;9(5):459-66. doi: 10.3923/pjn.2010.459.466
  • Abraham EG, Ezepue UF, Umeh RE, Ekanem U. Causes of visual impairment among commercial motor vehicle drivers in Uyo metropolis, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Orient Journal of Medicine. 2010;22(1-4). doi: 10.4314/ojm.v22i1-4.63580
  • Bassey EA, Abasiubong FB, Ekanem US, Abasiattai AM. Awareness and Knowledge of HIV/AIDS at booking among antenatal attendees in Uyo, Nigeria. International Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences. 2009;1(8): 334-8.
  • Bassey EA, Abasiubong F, Ekanem U, Abasiatai AM. Attitude of antenatal attendees to people living with HIV/AIDS in Uyo, south-south Nigeria. Afr Health Sci. 2007 Dec;7(4):239-43.