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Akanbiemu assures on effective use of lab funds

By Kemi Olatunde

Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency (OSPHCDA), Dr Francis Akanbiemu said efforts have been put in place to make tlaboratory services of the primary health care facilities self-sustaining

He stated this in a meeting with the Head of Laboratory Services across the 18 Local government areas in Akure last Wednesday.

Akanbiemu explained that income generated  by laboratories must be well guided and accounted for so that it can be ploughed back to manage the laboratory equipment, purchase reagents and improve health facility infrastructures for expansion and quality services delivery.

He stated that the department had become visible adding that participants must do all that were necessary to remain visible especially in the area of data generation,  collation and analysis for evidence-based decision making and publications.

Speaking earlier,  Director Laboratory Services of the Agency, Pastor Isreal Adeyemi, while welcoming participants to the meeting said  it was aimed at intimating Laboratory Officers with new development in laboratory services across the 18 Local Government areas of the state.

Adeyemi who  used the forum to highlight the achievements made in the department under the able leadership of Dr Francis Akanbiemu to include: purchase of new laboratory equipment, establishment/construction of a standard laboratory in each of the 18 LGAs in 2018 to serve as model for future scale up, training of laboratory staff, approval of Directorate for laboratory unit among others, said the PHC system in Ondo State was one of the best in the country

He noted that Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Agency was the first State Primary Health Care Agency/Board in Nigeria to set up Data Bank where all health services data can be imputed, cleaned and stored for monitoring, 3rd level data verification, health planning, research, training, and Policy decision making purposes.

Also speaking, Vice Chairman, Laboratory Officers’ Association in the State who is also the Head of Laboratory Idanre Local Government, Mr Blessing Akintade thanked the Permanent Secretary for the wind of positive change that has blown in the laboratory unit.

Akintade pledged that accurate monthly data would be made available to the Agency on the 3rd of every  month noting that he and his colleagues would work to make the department more effective and efficient than it was before now.

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