Health Mgt Information Officers acquire more skills
By Kemi Olatunde
In an attempt to generate quality and accurate data, the Ondo State Government through the Saving One Million Lives For Result has trained Health Management Information System (HMIS) Officers in the State.
While declaring opened a three-day training for HMIS officers across the 18 Local Government area of both secondary and tertiary health facilities in the state, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro noted that the training was designed to scale up the skills of HMIS officers in the state in order to achieve improved performance.
Adegbenro who stated that the training was meant to elicit better performance in the generation of accurate and quality data, explained that it is apt and added that “the state is just coming out of a data falsification saga which had cost the state about 1.2 m Dollars.”
He warned that the state will not allow a repeat of such as the era of data falsification for political reasons is a thing of the past.
The Saving One Million Lives For Result (SOML) Programme Manager, Dr Abiola Ogunnika gave background information on the SOML programme, with emphasis on its six pillars, how it has faired in the state and what can be done to improve the performance of the state which will bring more funds to the state to improve the health sector.
The Director, Planning Research & Statistics, Ondo State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Yetunde Olagbuji took participants through the rudiments of quality data and how it can be generated.
The State HMIS officer, Mrs Dorcas Johnson took participants on tools of data collection and the need for timeliness through a practical session on national health.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Dipo Durojaye who explained that under the Health data consultative committee activities, incentives were introduced for best local government, noted that it was noticed that there were still some challenges militating against early reporting, hence the need for the training.