Dr. Okon  Kenneth Okwong

Dr. Okon Kenneth Okwong

Deputy Director and Medical Laboratory Scientist
Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi, Nigeria

Highest Degree
Ph.D. in Microbiology from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria

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Area of Interest:

Biomedical Sciences
Medical Microbiology
Molecular Charatecrization
Chemical Pathology
Infection Control

Selected Publications

  1. Hertz, F.B., F. Jansaker, K.O. Okon, I.S. Abdulmumin, J.O. Onah, J. Ladan and J.D. Knudsen, 2019. ESBL‐production in Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumonia isolates from Nigeria. MicrobiologyOpen. 10.1002/mbo3.816.
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  2. Balogun, S.T., U.K. Sandabe, K.O. Okon, A.O. Akanmu and F.A. Fehintola, 2019. Malaria burden and pre-hospital medication among subjects with malaria in Maiduguri, Northeast Nigeria. Heliyon, Vol. 5. 10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e02280.
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  3. Solomon, P.O., H.O. Okpala, B.H. Oladeinde, M. Olley and K.O. Okon, 2018. Prevalence of nasal Staphylococcus aureus colonization amongst medical students of Igbinedion university Okada. Int. J. Trop. Dis. Health, 34: 1-5.
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  4. Seni, J., G. Peirano, K.O. Okon, Y.B. Jibrin and A. Mohammed et al., 2018. The population structure of clinical extra-intestinal Escherichia coli in a teaching hospital from Nigeria. Diagn. Microbiol. Infect. Dis. 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2018.04.001.
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  5. Okon, K.O., M.Y. Bularafa, S. Pius, S.T. Balogun, R.T. Akuhwa, B.A. Zanna and J.O. Onah, 2018. Retrospective analysis of malarial parasitemia and bacteremia in febrile episodes seen at tertiary hospital at Nguru, Nigeria. J. Adv. Med. Med. Res., 25: 1-9.
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  6. Mohammed, A., O.K. Okwong, Y.B. Jibrin, U.M. Sabo and A. Toyin, 2018. Serological screening of HBV and HCV among patients with suspected liver diseases seen at a tertiary hospital in Bauchi, Nigeria. Asian J. Res. Rep. Gastroenterol., 1: 1-7.
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  7. Ejeh, E.F., A. Undiandeye, V.O. Akinseye, K.O. Okon, H.M. Kazeem C.A. Kudi and S.I.B. Cadmus, 2018. Diagnostic performance of genexpert and Ziehl-Neelson microscopy in the detection of tuberculosis in Benue State, Nigeria. Alexandria J. Med., 54: 529-533.
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  8. Balogun, S.T., M.Q. Egwu, A.O. Akanmu and K.O. Okon, 2018. Sero-prevalence of Helicobacter pylori and pre-hospital medication among Nigerians with and without symptoms suggestive of peptic ulcer in Maiduguri. IOSR J. Dent. Med. Sci., 17: 22-28.
  9. Alkali, M., K.O. Okon, Y.B. Jibrin, S. Umar and A. Toyin, 2018. Community based seroprevalence of HBV and HCV infection in Bauchi State, Nigeria. Gut Gastroenterol., Vol. 1. .
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  10. Yusuf, J.B., O.K. Okwong, A. Mohammed, K.S. Abubakar and A. Babayo et al., 2017. Bacterial contamination of intensive care units at a tertiary hospital in Bauchi, Northeastern Nigeria. Am. J. Intern. Med., 5: 46-51.
  11. Oderinde, B.S., O.O. Agbede, U.A. Mohammed, K. Okon and P.E. Ghamba et al., 2017. An audit of diagnostic tests performed in medical microbiology and immunology laboratories of University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Nigeria. Nig. Med. Pract., 72: 55-62.
  12. Mohammed, A., O.O. Kenneth, J.B. Yusuf, S.A. Kadas and A. Babayo et al., 2017. Bacterial contamination of operating theatres at a tertiary hospital in Bauchi, Northeastern Nigeria. Eur. J. Pharm. Med. Res., 4: 182-188.
  13. Mohammed, A., J.B. Yusuf, O.K. Okwong and M.S. Umar, 2017. Seroprevalence of hbv, HCV and HIV among voluntary blood donors at a tertiary hospital in Bauchi, northeastern Nigeria. Eur. J. Pharm. Med. Res., 4: 80-85.
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  14. Balogun, S.T., U.K. Sandabe, D.N. Bdliya, W.A. Adedeji, K.O. Okon and F.A. Fehintola, 2016. Asymptomatic falciparum malaria and genetic polymorphisms of Pfcrt K76T and Pfmdr1 N86Y among almajirai in northeast Nigeria. J. Infect. Dev. Countries, 10: 290-297.
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  15. Yasidi, B.M., D.B. Akawu, O.J. Oihoma, J.Y. Bara and U.H. Mohammed et al., 2015. Retrospective analysis of bacterial pathogens isolated from wound infections at a tertiary hospital in Nguru, Yobe State Nigeria. Am. J. Biomed. Life Sci., 3: 1-6.
  16. Shittu, A.O., O. Oyedara, K. Okon, A. Raji and G. Peters et al., 2015. An assessment on DNA microarray and sequence-based methods for the characterization of methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus from Nigeria. Front. Microbiol., Vol. 6. 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01160.
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  17. Mai-Siyama, B.I., K.O. Okon, N.B. Adamu, A. Mohammed, I. Hamidu, I.U. Hambali and S.M. Jajere, 2015. Species of Coagulase-negative staphylococci isolated from anterior nare and milk of ruminant animals and contacts persons in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Anim. Vet. Sci., 3: 128-131.
  18. Aguoru, C.U., C.I. Okafor, E.U. Amuta, B.A. Denue, J. Ladan, J.O. Onah and K.O. Okon, 2015. Epidemiology of diarrheal diseases among children aged less than 5 years in Shendam local government area of Plateau State, Nigeria. Am. J. Res. Commun., 3: 50-66.
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  19. Okon, K.O., U.M. Askira, T.M. Isyaka, P.E. Ghamba and Y.B. Jibrin et al., 2014. A 5-years retrospective analysis of urinary bacterial pathogens and their antimicrobial sensitivity pattern in a Tertiary Hospital in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Researcher, 6: 5-9.
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  20. Okon, K.O., U.M. Askira, P.E. Ghamba, T.M. Isyaka, I.M. Hamidu, J.W. Kankop and C.U. Aguoru, 2014. Childhood septicemia: Retrospective analysis of bacterial pathogens and antimicrobial susceptibility pattern in Maiduguri, Nigeria. N.Y. Sci. J., 7: 9-13.
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  21. Okon, K.O., S.T. Balogun, U.M. Askira, Y.B. Jibrin, C.U. Aguoru, T.M. Isyaka and P.E. Ghamba, 2014. Retrospective analysis of gram-negative bacteria isolated at a Tertiary Hospital in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Br. Microbiol. Res. J., 4: 1235-1247.
  22. Okon, K.O., M.G. Nguru, M.Y. Bularafa, H.U. Mohammed, Z.A. Baba, R.T. Akuhwa and C.O. Aguoru, 2014. Enteropathogens associated with childhood diarrheal cases seen at a tertiary hospital in Nguru, Yobe state of Nigeria. Br. Microbiol. Res. J., 4: 583-591.
  23. Okon, K.O., B.B. Ajayi, S.T. Balogun, K. Adelowo, U.M. Askira and Y.B. Jibrin, 2014. Retrospective analysis of positive mantoux test in cases of suspected Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections seen at a tertiary hospital in Northeastern, Nigeria. Am. J. Res. Commun., 2: 96-102.
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  24. Okon, K.O., A.O. Shittu, A.A. Kudi, H. Umar, K. Becker and F. Schaumburg, 2014. Population dynamics of Staphylococcus aureus from Northeastern Nigeria in 2007 and 2012. Epidemiol. Infect., 142: 1737-1740.
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  25. Mshelia, G.D., V.T. Bilal, V.A. Maina, K. Okon, S.A. Mamza, I.D. Peter and G.O. Egwu, 2014. Microbiological studies on genital infections in slaughtered ewes from tropical arid zone of Nigeria. Sokoto J. Vet. Sci., 12: 18-22.
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  26. Mai-Siyama, I.B., K.O. Okon, N.B. Adamu, U.M. Askira, T.M. Isyaka, S.G. Adamu and A. Mohammed, 2014. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization rate among ruminant animals slaughtered for human consumption and contact persons in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Afr. J. Microbiol. Res., 8: 2643-2649.
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  27. Adelowo, K.A., K.O. Okon, B.A. Denue, J. Ladan, F. Tahir and A. Uba, 2014. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonisation level among patients seen at a tertiary hospital in Maiduguri, Nigeria. J. Med. Med. Sci., 5: 238-244.
  28. Okon, K.O., H. Usman, Z. Umar and S.T. Balogun, 2013. Prevalence of Group B Streptococcus (GBS) colonization among pregnant women attending antenatal clinic of a tertiary hospital in northeastern Nigeria. Am. J. Res. Commun., 1: 54-66.
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  29. Okon, K.O., A.O. Shittu, H. Usman, N. Adamu, S.T. Balogun and O.O. Adesina, 2013. Epidemiology and antibioitc susceptibility pattern of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus recovered from tertiary hospital in northeastern Nigeria. J. Med. Med. Sci., 5: 214-220.
  30. Shittu, A., O. Oyedara, F. Abegunrin, K. Okon and A. Raji et al., 2012. Characterization of methicillin-susceptible and-resistant staphylococci in the clinical setting: A multicentre study in Nigeria. BMC Infect. Dis., Vol. 12. 10.1186/1471-2334-12-286.
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  31. Okon, K.O., S. Osundi, J. Dibal, T. Ngbale and M. Bello et al., 2012. Bacterial contamination of operating theatre and other specialized care unit in a tertiary hospital in Northeastern Nigeria. Afr. J. Microbiol. Res., 6: 3092-3096.
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  32. Okon, K.O., A. Uba, O.M. Oyawoye, I.Z. Yusuf and O.O. Adesina, 2012. Prevalence and Antibiotic susceptibility pattern of Panton-Valentine Leucocidin (PVL) positive Staphylococcus aureus strains from clinical specimens in Northeastern Nigeria. Sierra Leone J. Biomed. Res., 4: 43-52.
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  33. Shittu, A.O., K. Okon, S. Adesida, O. Oyedara and W. Witte et al., 2011. Antibiotic resistance and molecular epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus in Nigeria. BMC Microbiol., Vol. 11. 10.1186/1471-2180-11-92.
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  34. Okon, K.O., L. Nkwalaku, S.T. Balogun, H. Usman and O.O. Adesina et al., 2011. Asymptomatic bacteruria and antimicrobial susceptibility among pregnant women attending a tertiary hospital in Northeastern Nigeria. Sierra Leone J. Biomed. Res., 4: 4-11.
  35. Balogun, S.T., R. Mishara, K.O. Okon, O.O. Adesina, E.T. Kutdang and F.A. Fehintola, 2011. Prevalence of malaria in febrile patients with symptoms clinically compatible with malaria in Maiduguri. J. Life Environ. Sci., 11: 641-648.
  36. Balogun, S.T., K.O. Okon, R. Mishara, O.O. Adesina and J. Jibrin, 2011. Intelligent widal test versus clinical diseases in diagnosis of typhoid fever in a tertiary health institution in Maiduguri Northeastern Nigeria. Afr. J. Med. Sci., 4: 87-91.
  37. Akande, T., K.O. Okon, A. Mohammed, S.T. Balogun and O.O. Adesina, 2011. Prevalence of asymaptomatic bacteruria among type diabetes mellitus patients in a tertiary hospital in northeastern Nigeria. J. Life Environ. Sci., 12: 740-745.
  38. Okon, K.O., P.C. Agukwe, W. Oladosu, S.T. Balogun and A. Uba, 2010. Antibiotic resistance pattern of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from clinical specimens in a tertiary hospital in Northeastern Nigeria. Internet J. Microbiol., 8: 5-7.
  39. Akuhwa, R.T., M. Bello, Alhaji and K.O. Okon, 2010. Meningococcal meningitis outbreak in Nguru, Yobe State. Internet J. Trop. Med., 7: 1-4.
  40. Adesina, O.O., S.T. Balogun, A.C.U. Ezimah and K.O. Okon, 2010. Subclinical malaria parasitiemia among bloods in Maiduguri, Nigeria. BOMJ., 7: 1-4.
  41. Okon, K.O., P. Basset, A. Uba, J. Lin, B. Oyawoye, A.O. Shittu and D.S. Blanc, 2009. Cooccurrence of predominant Panton-Valentine leukocidin-positive sequence type (ST) 152 and multidrug-resistant ST 241 Staphylococcus aureus clones in Nigerian hospitals. J. Clin. Microbiol., 47: 3000-3003.
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  42. Okon, K.O., R. Ayilara, K. Bello, A. Uba and T.A. Aniesona, 2008. Microbial spectrum of pelvic inflamatory diseases in Nguru, Nigeria. Afr. J. Clin. Exp. Microbiol., 9: 157-165.
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  43. Gali, R.M., M.A. Gadaka, D.S. Mshelia, B.M. Gali and K. Okon, 2007. Lipid profile pattern in thyroid disorders in northeastern Nigeria. Highland Med. Res. J., 5: 20-26.
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  44. Okon, K.O., M.M. Nwaogu and S.B. Zailani, 2006. A 4 years retrospective study of urinary tract infection in children at Maiduguri, Nigeria. Sahel Med. J., 9: 86-89.
  45. Okon, K.O., A. Uba, A. Ibeh and M. Nwaogu, 2006. Bacterial meningitis; etiological spectrum and antibiogram in Maiduguri, Nigeria. J. Life Environ. Sci., 8: 460-466.
  46. Okon, K.O., M. Nwaogwu, S.O. Zailani and C. Chama, 2005. Pattern of seminal fluid indices among infertile male partners attending the infertility clinic of university of Maiduguri teaching hospital, Maiduguri Nigeria. Highland Med. Res. J., 3: 18-23.
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  47. Okon, K.O., S.K. Mustapha and R.T. Akuhwa, 2004. The aetiology of bacterial septicaemia and antibiotic resistant pattern of the isolates in University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. J. Life Environ. Sci., 6: 377-381.
  48. Okon, K.O., A.E. Moses, S.B. Zailani and E.N. Tettey, 2004. Prevalence of human intestinal parasites in a semi-arid area of Nigeria. A five year review. Nig. J. Exp. Applied Biol., 5: 141-144.
  49. Mustapha, S.K., W. Gashau and K.O. Okon, 2003. The value of serum-ascities albumin gradient in the differentiation between cirrhotic and malignant ascites. Nig. Med. Pract., 43: 53-58.
  50. Mustapha, S.K., W. Gashau and K.O. Okon, 2001. The value of Ascitic fluid cholesterol in the differentiation between cirrhotic and malignant ascites. Nig. Med. Pract., 40: 27-29.
  51. Wakwe, V.C. and K.O. Okon, 1995. Plasma electrolyte pattern of children with protein energy malnutrition and children with prolonged diarrhoea. J. Trop. Pediatr., 41: 59-60.
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