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  • Area of Specialization: Infertility, Reproductive Medicine, Bioethics
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Patrick I. Okonta is a Professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences of the Delta State University, Abraka and a Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist in the Delta State University Teaching Hospital Abraka. He is also the Chairman of the Delta State Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response Steering Committee. he has practiced Obstetrics and Gynaecology for the past 23 years and have also been training undergraduate and postgraduate medical students in obstetrics and gynaecology for the past 15 years. Prof Okonta has more than 18 years research experience and has published over 50 articles in local and international journals. His areas of research interest include: Sexual and Reproductive Health; Public health interventions to reduce maternal mortality; Bio and Research ethics and infertility. He has received training in research ethics through a Fogarty grant administered by the South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI) and had worked as a consultant to UNFPA in Delta State, Nigeria to conduct the 2008 end line survey and was also as facilitator in the manual vacuum aspiration training for midwives. He participated as Facilitator in the FMOH/Save the Children phase 2 baseline study on mapping the status of MDR in Nigeria. He is a member of several academic and professional bodies. Prof Okonta's goal has been to make significant contributions in improving the reproductive health of women through the conduct of cutting edge and relevant clinical and operational research that would be translated into policies, guidelines and strategic plans. Furthermore, he aims to continually impart clinical knowledge and patient-centred clinical care to medical and postgraduate students who would be the next generation medical doctors and OBGYN doctors that would offer clinical care to women in particular and humanity in general.
    My Publications
  1. Amalokwu S, Okonta PI, Ebunu E. (2019) Prevalence of bacterial vaginosis among antenatal attendees with abnormal vaginal discharge in a secondary health facility in Delta State, Nigeria, Tropical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Vol.36 Pages: 85-8

  2. Christa Van Zyl, Francis Kombe, Patrick Okonta, Theresa Rossouw (2019) Promoting Research Integrity and Avoiding Misconduct – Perspectives on and from Africa. In: Nortjé N., Visagie R., Wessels J. (eds) Social Science Research Ethics in Africa. , Springer, Cham Vol.7 Pages: 143-164

  3. Kehinde Bamgbopa, Patrick I. Okonta, Richard Ajayi , Rose Ogbeche, Cynthia Igbokwe, Kingsley Onwuzurigbo (2018) Public perceptions on ethics in the practice of assisted reproductive technologies in Nigeria, Global Reproductive Health Vol.3 Pages: e13

  4. Patrick I. Okonta, Richard Ajayi, Kehinde Bamgbopa, Rose Ogbeche, Chizara C. Okeke, Kingsley Onwuzurigbo (2018) Ethical issues in the practice of assisted reproductive technologies in Nigeria: Empirical data from fertility practitioners., African Journal of Reproductive Health Vol.22 Pages: 51-58

  5. Okonta PI. (2015) Obstetrics & gynaecology residents knowledge of the informed consent process and its practice in their training institutions., Nigeria Journal of Clinical Practice Vol.18 Pages: 445-452

  6. Okhionkpomwonyi O, Okonta PI. 2015;12(1):23-29. (2015) Total Abdominal hysterectomy at the Central Hospital Warri: A five year review., Borno Medical Journal Vol.12 Pages: 445-452

  7. Sunday-Adeoye Ileogben, Ekwedigwe Kenneth, Daniya Babafemi, Okonta Patrick,Elibor Osaze (2015) Pelvic organ prolapse: a significant cause of psychosexual and social burden., Sky Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences Vol.3 Pages: 67-70

  8. Okonta PI, Rossouw T. (2014) Misconduct in research: A descriptive survey of attitudes, perceptions and associated factors in a developing country, BMC Med Ethics Vol.15 Pages: 25-28.

  9. Okonta PI (2014) Ethics of clinical trials in Nigeria, Nigerian Medical Journal Vol.55 Pages: 188-194

  10. Patrick I. Okonta and Chukwuemeke Mofon (2014) Huge benign ovarian cystic teratoma in a patient with a history of Hansen’s disease., Case Reports in Obstetrics & Gynaecology Vol. Pages: 188-194

  11. Okonta PI, Otene CI, and Umeora OUJ (2014) Nigerian Surgeon’s perspectives on information disclosure for informed consent for surgery, Nigerian Research Journal of Clinical Sciences
    Vol.4 Pages: 1-9

  12. Okonta PI, Rossouw T. (2013) Prevalence of scientific misconduct among a group of researchers in Nigeria., Developing World Bioethics. Vol.13 Pages: 149-157

  13. Okhionkpomwonyi O, Okonta PI. (2013) An audit of caesarean section at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, Nigerian Research Journal of Clinical Sciences
    Vol.13 Pages: 67-72

  14. Okonta PI, Nwachi A, Onyemesili C. (2013) A comparison of clinical and ultrasound estimation of fetal weight at a secondary health care facility in Nigeria., Afr J Trop Med & Biomed Res
    Vol.2 Pages: 7-12

  15. Okonta P.I (2012) Birthing positions: Awareness and preferences of pregnant women in a developing country, The Internet Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics Vol.16 Pages: 1-3

  16. Umeora OUJ, Okonta PI, Chukwuneke FN, Umeora MC. (2012) Is there a place for mandatory HPV vaccination in Nigeria? Public health, human rights and ethical considerations, Nig J Clin & Biomed Res Vol.6 Pages: 5-11

  17. Patrick I. Okonta, Godwin C. Maduakor (2011) ,Malaria treatment in the first trimester of pregnancy: are patients willing to accept quinine therapy?, Nigerian Research Journal of Clinical Sciences
    Vol.1 Pages: 21-26

  18. Patrick I. Okonta , Odidika U. J. Umeora (2011) The role of bioethics in fostering integrity in health research in Nigeria, African Journal of Tropical Medicine and Biomedical Research
    Vol.2 Pages: 45-53

  19. Nkrumah M, Umeora OUJ, Okonta P.I. (2011) Children’s assent in biomedical research, Ebonyi Medical Journal
    Vol.9 Pages: 55-57

  20. Okonta P.I. (2011) Enrolment eligibility into WHO ANC model in a non-fee paying secondary health facility, Nigerian Research Journal of Clinical Sciences
    Vol.1 Pages: 153-158

  21. Okonta P.I. (2011) Utilisation of Insecticide-treated net during pregnancy in Delta State: A survey of recently delivered mothers, Ebonyi Medical Journal Vol.10 Pages: 105-112

  22. Okonta P.I. (2011) Ethics of clinical trials in pregnant Nigerian women, Nigerian Research Journal of Clinical Sciences
    Vol.1 Pages: 174-179

  23. Okonta P.I. (2011) How many physicians prescribe quinine for the treatment of malaria in the first trimester of pregnancy? , Ebonyi Medical Journal Vol.1 Pages: 128-132

  24. Sunday-Adeoye I., Okonta P.I., and Ogbonnaya L.U. (2011) Prevalence, profile and obstetric experience of fistula patients in Abakaliki, Southeast Nigeria, Urogynaecogia Vol.25 Pages: 20-24

  25. Okogbenin SA, Eigbefoh JO, Omorogbe F, Okogbo F, Okonta PI, Ohihoin AG (2010) Eclampsia in Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital: a five-year review., Nigeria Journal of Clinical Practice Vol.13 Pages: 149-53

  26. Patrick I. Okonta, Peter N. Ebeigbe and Ileogben Sunday-Adeoye (2010) Liberalization of abortion and reduction of abortion related morbidity and mortality in Nigeria, Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica Vol.89 Pages: 1087-1090

  27. Abedi H.O., Okonta P.I., Igberase G.O. (2010) Heterotopic gestation: Successful vaginal term delivery after laparotomy in the first trimester., The Nigerian Journal of General Practice
    Vol.8 Pages: 8-10

  28. P.I.Okonta, H.O Abedi, C. Ajuyah, L.O. Omo-Ahoja . (2009) Pregnancy in a non-communicating rudimentary horn of a unicornuate uterus- a case report, Cases Journal Vol.2 Pages: 6624

  29. Ileogben Sunday-Adeoye, Deidre Twomey, Emeka V. Egwuatu, Patrick I.Okonta (2009) A 30-year review of advanced abdominal pregnancy at the Mater Misericordiae hospital, Afikpo, Southeastern Nigeria (1976-2006), Arch Gynaecol Obstet Vol.283 Pages: 19-24

  30. Sunday-Adeoye IM, Adeoye JOK, Umeora OUJ, Okonta PI (2009) The prevalence of Trichomonas vaginalis and Candida albicans infection in the lower genital tracts of antenatal patients in Abakaliki, Southeastern Nigeria., Nepal Journal of Obstetrics and Gyneacology Vol.4 Pages: 11-14

  31. P.I. Okonta, F.N.Ugoji, H.A. Abedi. (2009) Profiling of contraceptive acceptors and services in a secondary health care facility in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria., Ebonyi Medical Journal Vol.8 Pages: 70-75

  32. Ebeigbe PN, Igberase GO, Okonta PI, Abedi HO. (2009) Are obstetric intervention rates and pregnancy outcome worsened by gestational hypertension in Nigerian women managed at a tertiary hospital? , Ebonyi Medical Journal Vol.8 Pages: 80-84

  33. Okonta P.I., Okogbenin S.A., Otoide V.O. (2008) The management of menopause by Nigerian gynaecologist, Ebonyi Medical Journal Vol.48 Pages: 47-49

  34. Okogbenin S A, Okonta P I, Eigbefoh J, Okusanya B.O. (2007) The Demographic Characteristics and Health Seeking Behaviour of Unbooked Patients in the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Nigerian Journal of Medicine Vol.16 Pages: 38-41

  35. P.I.Okonta, G.O Igberase. (2007) A comparison of Booked and Unbooked Patients with ruptured uterus in a referral hospital in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, Nigerian Journal of Medicine Vol.16 Pages: 38-41

  36. Okonta, P.I. (2007) Adolescent Reproductive Health in the Niger Delta region- Issues and Challenges., African Journal of Reproductive Health Vol.11 Pages: 113-124

  37. Okonta, P.I., Igberase G.O., Okogbenin, S.A, Okpere E.E. (2007) Serum Calcium and Pre-Eclampsia: A case control study of pregnant women in Benin-City, Nigeria., The Nigerian Journal of General Practice
    Vol.7 Pages: 113-124

  38. Sunday-Adeoye I Okonta,P.I., Egwuatu V.E (2007) Congenital Malformations in Singleton and Twin births in Rural Nigeria, Nigerian Postgraduate Medical Journal. Vol.14 Pages: 277-280

  39. G.O. Igberase, P.N. Ebeigbe, P.I. Okonta, E.E.Okpere, E.P.Gharoro. (2007) Serum Magnesium levels in normal and Pre-eclamptic gestation in Benin City, Nigerian Medical Journal Vol.48 Pages: 21-23

  40. Okonta, P.I, Oseji. M.I. (2006) Relationship between knowledge of HIV/ AIDS and sexual behaviour among in-school adolescents in Delta State, Nigeria., Nigeria Journal of Clinical Practice Vol.9 Pages: 37-39

  41. P.I. Okonta, C. Ojukwu, I. Sunday-Adeoye, S.A. Okogbenin (2006) Antenatal HIV screening practices by Physicians in an urban Nigerian town, Nigerian Medical Journal
    Vol.47 Pages: 11-13

  42. Igberase, G.O., Okonta, P.I., Aziken, M.E. (2006) Placenta Previa at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin-City, The Nigeria Journal of General Practice
    Vol.7 Pages: 24-30

  43. Okogbenin S A, Okpere EE, Eigbefoh J I, Okogbo FO, Okonta P I, Onuh S O (2006) Gynaecological indications for abdominal hysterectomy in University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin-City: A six year review., Archives of Clinical Research
    Vol.1 Pages: 56-63

  44. Sunday-Adeoye, I., Okonta, P.I., Twomey, D. J (2004) Symphysiotomy at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Afikpo Ebonyi State of Nigeria (1982-1999): a review of 1013 cases., Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Vol.24 Pages: 525-529

  45. Okonta,P.I. , Okogbenin, S.A., Adeoye, S.I. (2004) Pregnant Nigerian women’s view on prenatal sex determination, Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Vol.24 Pages: 875-877

  46. M.E. Aziken, P.I. Okonta, A.B. Ande (2003) Knowledge and Perception of Emergency Contraception amongst Female Nigerian Undergraduates, International Family Planning Perspectives. Vol.29 Pages: 84-87

  47. S.A.Okogbenin, E.P. Gharoro, V.O.Otoide, P.I. Okonta, (2003) Obstetric Hysterectomy: Fifteen year’s experience in a Nigerian tertiary centre, Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Vol.23 Pages: 356-359

  48. P.I.Okonta, V.O. Otoide, S.A. Okogbenin. Vol.20, No 1, April 2003 (2003) Caesarean Section At The University Of Benin Teaching Hospital (U.B.T.H.) Revisited., Tropical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Vol.20 Pages: 63-66

  49. P.I.Okonta, U.K.Okali. (2002) Deaths from Obstetric Haemorrhage in a Nigerian Hospital: A Challenge to Emergency Obstetric Care., Benin Journal of Postgraduate Medicine.
    Vol.6 Pages: 67-70

  50. P.I.Okonta, U.K. Okali, V.O.Otoide, D.Twomey. (2002) Exploring the Causes of and the risk factors for maternal deaths in a rural Nigerian referral hospital., Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Vol.22 Pages: 626-629

  51. M.E. Aziken, A.A.E. Orhue, and P.I. Okonta (2001) Causes and Consequences of late arrival in labour., Tropical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Vol.18 Pages: 52-55