By Kemi Olatunde
Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Niran Ikuomola has stressed the need for scientific officers to improve on disease surveillance through active involvement in infection prevention and control in the various secondary health facilities.
He spoke while declaring a-four day training exercise open for scientific officers in secondary facilities across the state on infection prevention control, disease surveillance and research activities in Akure yesterday.
While emphasising the need to orientate the officers, he noted that it is important that they effectively carry out their responsibilities which according to him will complement the service of other health workers in order to achieve improved health services in the state.
Ikuomola who harped on hardwork and dedication among participants described them as important personnel in hospital services and added that, “you must play your role well and work with others by developing a team spirit.”
While noting that the officers are not to work alone but to complement others in order to attain effective health care delivery. He charged them to be attentive and available while the exercise last.
However, he assured that the exercise will help in improving the performance of officers for the overall development of the health sector in the state.
Speaking earlier, representative of World Health Organisation (WHO), Mrs Itse Olaoye stated that it was important to enforce surveillance noting that there had been a decline in surveillance in Nigeria.
According to her, the exercise would facilitate sharp and quick improvement in disease surveillance and research activities within hospitals in the state.
In his goodwill message, representative of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC), Mr Elvis Isere stated that surveillance was in enhancing public health security.
He noted that without an effective and efficient hospital based surveillance, the public health goal of the country can never be achieved.
However, he pledged the support of the agency in achieving the target goal in the state.
Also speaking, State Surveillance Officer, Mr Gboyega Famokun while describing surveillance as a practical based activity, charged participants to prove their worth by being outstanding among other health workers in the state.
Speaking extensively on the overview of public health surveillance, he stated that disease surveillance and notification have been recognised as an effective strategy for the prevention and control of diseases most especially epidemic prone diseases.
According to him; “an effective and efficient disease surveillance system allows early detection of disease outbreaks that will prompt intervention for the reduction of morbidity and mortality.”