By Kemi Olatunde
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has stressed the need for health Records and Information management practitioners in the state to leverage on technology in the discharge of duties as custodian of health information.
The Governor spoke during the commissioning of the Association building and scientific conference in Akure.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Banji Awolowo Ajaka noted that health information officers play a pivotal role in the treatment of patients and their wellbeing.
He emphasized that their records have been useful in planning, monitoring, reviewing and analysing data adding that they have the responsibility of integrating patients into hospital system in order to enjoy healthcare services.
He enjoined them to put in good practice for the benefit of the good people of the state
The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Pharm.(Mrs) Folukemi Aladenola while speaking lauded the patriotism of the officers especially this era where medical personnel are moving in great numbers out of the country for greener pastures.
Aladenola described both health records and information practitioners as custodian of data in the health sector, stating that the discharge of the duties has engendered quality information system.
The Chairman of the Association, Comrade Orimoloye Oluwaseun in his welcome address urged government to provide an enabling environment for the medical and health workers from various professions to achieve the desired result.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of award of excellence to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Pharmacist (Mrs) Folukemi Aladenola and her counterparts in the Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Niran Ikuomola and Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Francis Akanbiemu.