By Kemi Olatunde
Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Banji Ajaka has charged local government areas monitoring and evaluation officers to ensure that they cascade their newly acquired skills at their respective council areas.
The monitoring and evaluation officers are; secondary/tertiary health facilities, health information managers, LGA LMCU Reporting Officers and Family Planning Focal Persons at Secondary and Tertiary health care facilities
Ajaka gave the charge in his speech at the opening ceremony of the ongoing two in one three-day training workshop organised by the Department of Planning, Research and Statistics of the Ministry of Health under the auspices of the Ondo State Saving One Million Lives Programme for Results (SOML P for R) for the officers on data management holding at Sunview Hotel, Alagbaka, Akure.
While appreciating the participants at the training workshop, the Commissioner stressed that stepping down the new knowledge acquired will improve overall qualitative health care delivery in Ondo State.
The Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Ondo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Uche Odionyenma encouraged participants at the workshop to put the new skills acquired to practice at their various facilities.
Odionyenma stressed the importance of data management in health care delivery system adding that scaling up health data management skills will translate to improved overall qualitative health care delivery.
In her presentation, the Ondo State Logistics Management Coordinating Unit (LMCU) Coordinator, Pharmacist (Mrs.) Tomi Anthony highlighted the importance of quality logistics data for informed decision making that will ensure commodities security in the state’s health sector.
While enumerating the efforts of the Ondo State Drugs Management Agency (DMA) at training logistics officers, Anthony added that the Nigeria Health Logistics Management Information System (NHLMIS) has consistently given an end-to-end data visibility of public health commodities.
The State LMCU Coordinator averred that as Ondo State transits to integrating public health commodities and essential medicines, the new skills and knowledge acquired by participants at the training workshop will be of immense use in the delivery of qualitative health care services to the people of Ondo State.
The State Health Management Information System Officer, Mrs. Dorcas Johnson in her overview of the workshop said it was designed to accomodate new programmes indicators and data elements to ensure standardisation of data collection and reporting tools and systems across all programmes at all levels.
Johnson equally averred that the training workshop is intended to simplify the process of data collection and reporting tools thereby ensuring a more user friendly data.
According to the HMISO, the programme will also build team support among the programme officers and monitoring and evaluation officers towards improving the quality of data that are generated at facilities levels.