Mrs. Chika C.H. Odira is Lecturer I in the Department of Nursing Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. She had B.Sc in Nursing Science (Nursing Education) and MSc. in Nursing Science (Maternal and Child Health Nursing) from University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus. She is currently undergoing PhD. Program in Maternal and Child Health Nursing in Department of Nursing Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi Campus.
She is registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria as Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Midwife (RM) and Registered Nurse Educator (RNE). She has wealth of experience both as clinician in various hospitals, educator and instructor in various Schools of Nursing and Department of Nursing Science where she has been playing many roles including clinical supervision, project supervision, class room teaching, practical teaching, coordination of midwifery program in the Department. She was the Departmental Examination Officer for 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 session. She is currently the Departmental Time Table Officer. She has been resource person in many Continuing Professional Developments. She was a consultant with Ipas Nigeria in conducting Facilitative Supervision to Private Health Practitioners in Anambra State on Post Abortion Care (PAC) and family planning from 2012 to 2018. She is happily married with children.Interest Includes: Areas of research interest are reproductive health issues such safe motherhood including access to maternal and child health services, skilled provision of maternal and child health services; prevention and management of consequences of abortion and post abortion care; family planning; prevention and management of infertility; the scam of cryptic pregnancy; Prevention and management of pregnancy related illnesses; Prevention of Mother-to-Child-Transmission of HIV; harmful practices such as gender violent and child abuse; cancer of reproductive organs such breast cancer and cervical cancer; Experiences, Management of and Adaption to menopause and andropause; Adolescent reproductive health such as menstrual hygiene, sex education and teenage pregnancy.
Areas of research interest also include Maternal Health Seeking Behaviour, factors affecting maternal health seeking behaviour; infant feeding and weaning practices; factors affecting infant feeding and weaning practices; At-risk neonates; Kangaroo model of child care.