Jacintha Elo-Ilo

“Anything worth doing, is worth doing well”

Dr Jacinta Chinyere Elo-Ilo (Reader)

MBBS, FWACP(Paed), MSc(Nut.&Dietetics)

Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Dr Jacinta Chinyere ELO-ILO (Nee ULOGU) is an associate Professor of Paediatrics at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka and Consultant Paediatrician at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria.

She was one of the pioneer medical students (2nd set) of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka then Anambra State University of Science and Technology (ASUTECH). She graduated in February 1996 as the overall best graduating Medical student with distinctions in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

She is a fellow of the West African college of Physicians and a member of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. Has a Masters degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the Imo state University Owerri and a Postgraduate Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition from Boston University School of Medicine.

She has many peer reviewed articles in both international and local journals and has presented many conference papers. Her research interest is in Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. She has a special interest in the management of Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM) using locally available foods to tackle both the macronutrient and micro nutrient deficiencies.

Notable Publications:

  • Elo-Ilo JC, Iroezindu MO, Egbuonu I, Ezechukwu CC, Chukwuka JO. Prevalence of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria among pre–school children in Nnewi, South-East Nigeria. Nigeria Journal of Paediatrics 2013; July-September 40(2): 278-283
  • Victoria Chikaodili Ofora, Jacinta Chinyere Elo-Ilo, Chioma Pauline Mbachu, Ogochukwu Chioma Ofiaeli, Joy Chinelo Ebenebe, Clement Chukwuduruo Ezechukwu. Prevalenc and patterns of acute watery diarrhoeal admissions presenting to a tertiary hospital in South East Nigeria. International Journal of Medical and Biomedical Studies 2021; March 5(3) 126-132

Ongoing Research:

  • Nutritional Status of Children with cerebral Palsy in NAUTH, Nnewi, Anambra state Nigeria.

Research Achievements:

  • Young researcher Award 2019, from NAUTH, Research Society.

Contact Details:

[email protected]

Department of Paediatrics, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka/ Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi Nigeria



This is to inform the College Community that the University Senate at its meeting held on Weds, 26th October, 2022 has directed that the venue for the Matriculation Ceremony for all the Faculties in the College to be at Awka.

To this end, the venue for the Matriculation Ceremony on Friday, 28th October, 2022 for all the Faculties in the College (Medicine, FHST & FBMS) will now hold in front of the Digital Library, Awka).

The time is 10am prompt.

This directive supersedes the earlier memo on this subject.

Please, sorry for any inconveniences.

Bright Anyanwu,
College Secretary.

News Update

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    MWAN Anambra state, ably led by a seasoned paediatrician and Senior Lecturer of Paediatrics Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Dr Chinyere Ukamaka Onubuogu, marked the World Cancer Day on 5th February, in style, with a road walk and other public enlightenment programs through radio talk at Authority FM Nnewi, market outreach and Read more


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  • Pediatric fatalities associated with over-the-counter cough and cold medications (November 2021)

    Manufacturer labelling and US Food and Drug Administration recommendations strongly advise against the use of over-the-counter cough and cold medications (CCM) in young children. A new report describes fatalities identified by a United States surveillance system and associated with CCM ingestion in children <12 years of age from 2008 to Read more


It was a glamorous occasion at the College of Health Sciences, Nnewi Campus on Saturday, 11th December, 2021 as the Faculty of Medicine inducts 63 newest Medical Doctors into the prestigious Medical Profession.

Notedly, the induction of the 63 new Medical Doctors had brought to a total of 2,339 Medical Doctors produced by the Faculty of Medicine since its first Induction ceremony on July, 1995.

The venue of the event – Metu Uzodike, Auditorium, NAUTH Premises was filled to the brim. The excitement on the faces of the parents/guardians were alluring considering the facts that their wards were supposed to graduate in the year 2020 but did not due to COVID-19 Pandemic and the long ASUU strike. Now!, to the glory of God, the Inductees had successfully circled the 250 weeks of strenuous & rigorous medical training while passing through 20 departments in the University. Interestingly, the Class of 2020 set recorded a total number of 7 distinctions.

The Vice-Chancelor, Prof Charles Okechukwu Esimone, FAS, who was ably represented at the event by Prof Joseph Ikechebelu, FAM, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Administration in his keynote address felicitated with the graduands, their parents and the Faculty staff members on the joyous occasion. The Vice-Chancelor then urged the graduands to go into the Medical Profession in the spirit of the Hippocratic Oath taken at the ceremony, strengthened by the sound training they had received in character and learning and imbued with the University core values of Discipline , Self-Reliance and Excellence .

Prof Joseph Ikechebelu, FAM, informed the audience that the Vice-Chancelor’s heartbeat was to see a comprehensive transformation of the College. According to him, with the recent inauguration of the Governing Council of the College, in few years from now, the College will witness a massive infrastructural and personnel developments geared towards promotion of quality training, teaching and research.

In his remarks, the Provost of the College, Prof Gerald Udigwe congratulated the graduands on their academic feat and thanked the University Management for providing enabling environment for our students to train despite the numerous challenges. He also thanked the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Management ably led by the Chief Medical Director, Dr Joseph Ugboaja (Ochinanwata) for continuously availing our students their facilities for training and learning.

The Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Prof Betrand Obi Nwosu, who spoke on behalf of Deans in the College appreciated the Vice-Chancellor for his continued support to the academic growth of the College; and especially with the approval for the commencement of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery programme. The Dean later congratulated the Inductees for their resilient, doggedness and intelligence to complete their medical training successfully.

The Dean further charged the Inductees to inculcate the 3A’s ideal – Availability, Amiability and Accessibility in the course of their medical practice; fear God and learn the act of referral.

Consequently, Dr.Paul Nnadozie Obiabu, who represented the Registrar, Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria led the graduands on taking the Hippocratic Oath. He further noted that Nigeria Medical Doctors are highly demanded globally. He later admonished the Inductees to be discipline in the course of their medical practice.

The Medical Elder of the day was Prof Godswill Amechi Nnaji. The elder charged the Inductees to pay close attention on the solemnity of the physicians’ oath and be guided by ethical principles and concepts of respect for autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, equity and justice. He encouraged them to refrain from criminal activities such as abortion, euthanasia (mercy killing) and flouting the rule of confidentiality. Above all, he advised the Inductees to develop a vision of their future and pray always; be steadfast and persevere to achieve the vision.

The high point of the awards was the presentation of the award of the overall best graduating student of Class of 2020 set which went to Attama Chinweokwu Geoffrey.

Worthy of note are the special guests who graced the occasion, namely: Prof Joseph Ahaneku, FAS, the former Vice-Chancellor, NAU; Prof Emeka Ezeonu, the Vice-Chancelor, Hezekiah University, Umudi, Nkwerre, Imo State & the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC, IMO State; Prof Emma Okoye, former Convocation Rep at the 8th UNIZIK Council; Igwe Nnewi, HRM Kenneth Onyeneke Orizu, III who performed the traditional breaking of kolanut and a host of others.

Once again, we congratulate the newest graduands and wished them a resounding success in the course of their medical practice.

Finally, Project200 Policy is working. Let us continue to support it.

Bright Anyanwu,
College Secretary.