Prof. Evangeline Tochi Oparaocha

Oparaocha

REV. SR. (PROF.) EVANGELINE T. OPARAOCHA

DEAN, SCHOOL OF HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Sr (Prof.) Evangeline Oparaocha is currently the Head of Department of Public Health, FUTO. She joined the Department of Public Health in June 2004 as a senior lecturer. She rose to the rank of a Reader in October 2008 and in 2011, she became a Professor of Public Health Parasitology. Prior to her transfer of service to FUTO, she lectured in the Department of Biological Sciences of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, from 1997 to June 2004. Her postgraduate studies were done at the prestigious University of Ibadan, Nigeria, while the undergraduate studies were at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt. In 2005 she went to Harvard School of Public Health for a certificate course in Ethical Issues in International Health Research. She also obtained another certificate course from Harvard in 2015. She has researched and published extensively on infectious disease control and management as well as on occupational and environmental health issues. The Google and Yahoo websites are dotted with her numerous international publications, particularly on disease control using herbal remedies. Sr (Prof.) Oparaocha is a member of so many international and national professional bodies some of which are; Parasitology and Public Health Society of Nigeria, Environmental Health Society of Nigeria, Zoological Society of Nigeria, Third World Organization of Women in Science, African Women in Science and Engineering, American Society for Human Research Protection, American Public Health Association, etc. Sr has participated in some national disease control programmes particularly those of malaria and onchocerciasis. As a pioneer staff of the School of Health Technology, she has virtually tasted every administrative post, and held the post of Associate Dean for 8 years. She participated in the formulation of the curricula of all the five parent departments of the school.  Prof. Oparaocha has travelled extensively for conferences and workshops overseas and within the country. She is a happy and friendly nun and has won so many awards, four of which are from her students for academic excellence, hard work and integrity. Outside her academic field she is a poet, a musician and a dramatist.

Academic and Professional Qualification

  • Cert. Ethical Issues in International Health Research(Harvard School of Public Health, USA) (2005).
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE ) (1990).
  • B. Sc. Applied Biology (1984).
  • M. Sc. General Parasitology (1994).
  • Ph. D. Medical/ Public Health Parasitology (2000).

Honours

  • Man of Dignity Award by Nwangele Students Union, Imo State, Nigeria.
  • Woman of Honour Award by Students of School of Health Technology, FUTO.
  • Epitome of Integrity Award by Students of Prosthesis and Orthopaedic Technology, FUTO.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member, Parasitology and Public Health Society of Nigeria.
  • Member, Zoological Society of Nigeria.
  • Member, Environmental Health Society of Nigeria.
  • Member, Third World Organization of Women in Science (TWOWS).

Publications

  • Oparaocha, E.T. (2000): An assessment of ivermectin treatment in some rural communities of Imo River Basin, Nigeria. Nig. Journ. of Parasitology. 21:45-53.
  • Oparaocha, E.T. (2000): Disease perception and preferred treatment method of human onchocerciasis in Imo River Basin, Nigeria. Journal of Innovation in Life Sciences 5: 1-8.
  • Oparaocha. E.T., Odaibo, A.B. & Nwoke, B.E.B. (2000): Clinico-pathological study of human onchocerciasis in Imo River Basin, Nigeria, and its implication to the control of the disease in the area. Global Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences. 6(1): 5 -9.
  • Oparaocha. E.T., Odaibo, A.B. & Nwoke, B. E. B. (2001): Human onchocerciasis in Imo River Basin: A prevalence survey. Global Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences. 7(2): 205-208.
  • Oparaocha, E.T. (2001): Social attitudes to human onchocerciasis and its economic impact on some rural farming communities of Imo River Basin, Nigeria. Helminthologia (Slovak. Rep) 38 (3): 129-133.
  • Oparaocha, E.T. (2003): The impact of haemoglobin level and concomitant infections on malaria parasitaemia and on-set of fever during malaria attack in Ikwano LGA of Abia State, Nigeria. Nig. Journ. of Parasitology. 23: 23 –32.
  • Oparaocha, E.T. & Okigbo, R.N. (2003): Thrips (Thysanoptera) of vegetable crops (Okro, Spinach, Garden Egg and Pumpkin) grown in South Eastern Nigeria. Plant Protection Sciences. (Czech. Rep) 39 (4): 132-138.
  • Oparaocha, E.T. (2004): Evaluating the anti-plasmodium efficacy of some locally used anti-malaria herbs. Journal of applied Sciences. 7 (2): 4257-4270).
  • Oparaocha, E.T. (2004): Evaluating the anti-plasmodium, anti-pyretic and analgesic efficacy of some locally used anti-malaria herbs: A review. Journal of Discovery and Innovation (Kenya, East Africa). 16 (3/4): 126 – 132.
  • Okorie, C.C; Oparaocha, E.; Adewumni, C. O; Iwa, E.O. and Omodare, S.K. (2006). Antinoceptive, anti-inflammatory and cytotoxic activities of Penthaclethra macrophla aqueous extract in mice. African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine .3(1): 44-53 www. Africanethnomedicine.net.
  • Oparaocha E.T (2007): Mothers’ perception and management of childhood malaria in Umuahia South Local Government Area, Abia State, Nigeria. Nig. Journ. of Parasitologyof Parasitology; 28 (2) : 55-60.
  • Ngele, Kalu & Evangeline T. Oparaocha (2007): The combined effect of albendazole and ivermectin in the treatment of lymphatic filariasis: A case study of four rural communities of Obrubra L.G.A. of Cross River State, Nigeria. Global Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol 6 (2): 73- 80.
  • Oparaocha E. T. & Okorie C. C. (2007): Comparative study of the gastro-intestinal parasites of Domestic fowls (Gallus gallus var. domestica) bred on free-ranged and on confinement. International Journal of Agriculture and Development (IJARD), 10 (2) 109 – 113.
  • Oparaocha E.T & Nwankwo, K. (2008): Usage, Sustainability and the Local Population’s Perceived Effectiveness of Insecticide-Treated Bed Nets in the Control of Malaria in Old Umuahia District of Abia State, Nigeria.. African Journal of Applied Zoology and Environmental Biology 10: 40 –46. www.uniportjournals.com/ajazeb.
  • Oparaocha E.T; (2008): Okorie, C; Anosike, J. & Obi, R. (2008): Vermifugal effect of three local herbs (Carica papaya, Spigilia anthelmia and Phyllantus niruri) on broilers chickens infected with Ascaridia galli. African Journal of Applied Zoology and Environmental Biology 10: 61- 64. .www.uniportjournals.com/ajazeb.
  • Oparaocha, E. T. & Okorie, C. (2009): In vivo evaluation of the antimalarial activity of three medicinal plants used in South Eastern Nigeria. Journal of Herbs, Spices and Medicinal plants 15(1): 121 –128. Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • Oparaocha, E.T. & Ofoegbu, P.U. (2009): Gender disparity in malaria health burden: A case study of women in marriage in Owerri Municipal Council of Imo State, Nigeria. In proceedings of TWOWS African Regional Conference, 16th to 20th November 2009. Abuja, Nigeria. Pp 249 –256.
  • Oparaocha, E.T. & Egonu, U. (2009): Ownership, sustainability and local population’s perceived effectiveness of insecticidal treated bed nets in the control of malaria in Owerri Municipal Council of Imo State, Nigeria. African Journal of Applied Zoology and Environmental Biology, 11: 42 – 49.
  • Oparaocha, E.T. & Ahwinahwi A. (2009): Assessment of housing conditions and association between housing conditions and some common diseases of the under-fives in Owerri Municipal Council of Imo State, Nigeria. African Journal of Applied Zoology and Environmental Biology, 11: 16 – 22.
  • Oparaocha, Evangeline T; Iwu, Ireneus & Ahaneku, J. E (2010): Preliminary study on mosquito repellent and mosquitocidal activities of Ocimum gratissimum (L.) grown in South Eastern Nigeria. Journal of Vector Borne Diseases 47: 45 –50.
  • Obi R. K. Oyibo W. A. Okangba, C. C., Nwanebu, F. C. I, Oparaocha, E. T., Orji, N. M. & Ndubisi, U.U. (2010): Concurrent parasitosis in an Onchocerciasis endemic community. Asian Journal of Biological Sciences 1 (2): 262 – 270.
  • Opara, K, Udoiung, N.I., Okonko, J; Opara, D. C., Attah, E, Okon, E.O., Ntakim, B., Oparaocha, E. T. (2010): Efficacy of Arthemeter-Lumenfantrine against uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in Infants and children in Uyo, Nigeria. The Internet Journal of Infectious Diseases, 8 (1): 1-11.
  • Oparaocha, E. T., Iroegbu, O. C, Obi. R. K. (2010): Assessment of quality of drinking water sources in the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. Journal of Applied Biosciences, 32: 1964-1976.
  • Oparaocha, E. T. & Egbuna, C. H. ( 2010): Prevalence and intensity of malaria among outpatients attending General Hospital Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. Journal of health Sciences and Technology. 1: 23 –30.
  • Oparaocha, E. T., Iwuala, C. & Nwaoha, H.. (2010): Morbidity and socio-economic burden of malaria in Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area, Imo State, Nigeria. Journal of Health Sciences and Technology. 1: 128 – 136.
  • Oparaocha E. T., Nwagu, P & Opara, K (2011): Prevalence of needle – stick injuries and compliance with anti –retroviral post exposure prophylaxis among health workers in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria. Journal of Health Sciences and Technology. 2:: 00-00 (IN PRESS).
  • Oparaocha E. T. & Okorie C.(2011): Anti-trichomonal effect of Pentaclethra macrophylla International Journal of Agriculture and Development (IJARD), Vol. 2.

Working Experience

  • Public Health with bias in Public Health Parasitology
  • University administration and community extension services through translating researches to relevant community needs in disease control.
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