By Ebele Egoh
Awka, June 17, 2019 (MOI) Outgoing Anambra
State Health Commissioner, Dr Joe Akabuike applauded the European Union (EU)
for supporting the ministry in organising training for improved data
The commissioner made the observation as EU in
partnership with Anambra State Ministry of Health, organised one day training
for Disease Surveillance/Notification Officers and Monitoring/Evaluation
Officers across the state.
He was represented by Permanent Secretary in
the Health Ministry, Dr John Ndibe.
The training, which took place at Awka, the
Anambra capital was aimed at improving capacity and competencies of
participants in data collection, collation and management.
Dr Akabuike noted that before EU’s
intervention, data collection from private health facilities was totally
This situation, he said hampered government's
improved policy and decision-making toward providing adequate and affordable
The commissioner urged participants to put more
efforts to replicate all they learnt at their various post or offices for
better data collection.
The Programme Manager, WHO/EU, Health System
Management, Anambra, Mr Ndubuisi Oji, pointed out that his organisation was
able to convince private health facilities to start reporting their data to the
This he said was done through proactive
advocacies and meetings.
``These efforts have paid off, because
right now not less than 139 private hospitals are reporting their data to
Mr Oji noted that it was regrettable that most
Monitoring/Evaluation Officers did not know how to use available tools to
He emphasised that it was time to learn,
noting that for any state to achieve Universal Health Coverage, information
would remain very crucial.
``Information is not just spoken words; it has
to do with reporting documents.
``There has always been report of stock out of
reporting tools for Health Management Information System and Integrated Disease
Surveillance/Response System,’’ he said.
According to Mr Oji, the training is partly
organised to design a process that will inform supply of tools, use of tools
and request for replacement from the state to health facilities.
``It is not that these tools are not on ground
in the facilities or in the state, but there is no mechanism to track issue of
tools in the state or feedback from the facilities.
``EU wants to strengthen this system to ensure
that tools are not out of stock in the state and to also ensure that there is
system that informs replacement in advance,’’ he added.
The State's WHO consultant on Health
Management Information System (HMIS), Mr Sunkanmi Quazzeem observed that people
at state levels could not give information because of faulty data collation
He advocated institutionalisation of Logistics
Management System in Health Facilities to strengthen data collection.
``This will specifically provide
Monitoring/Evaluation resources and other consumables for officers to utilise
monthly in sending reports to the state.
He added that reporting templates provided to
users would facilitate reporting through the Local Government and the state.
``The summaries of reports will give the state
broad view of the National Health Management Information System (NHMIS)
logistics,’’ he noted.
Quazzeem said that through broad overview of
report summaries, the state would identify areas where the partners could help
in funding and using the data for proper planning.
One of the participants,
Monitoring/Evaluation, Awka North Local Government Area, Mrs Helen Akaniru,
thanked the organisers of the training, stressing that it would aid her to give
``It will help me, because
before now I was keeping data haphazardly, but with the training and
template given to me, it will help a lot in collation of data,’’ she