Contrary to wrong perception on the health service delivery in Sierra Leone due to unsubstantiated report put out by some segment of society , the Ministry of Health and Sanitation through the Directorate of Policy Planning and Information has concluded a training of some 120 Monitoring and Evaluation Officers on Health Information Management System to improve on health data in Sierra Leone.
The training which started with 60 M&E personnel in October, 2016 in Makeni in the north ended up in the southern regional City of Bo over the weekend with another batch of 60 in Health Information Management System.
|One of the graduants receiving her certificate from the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Hon. Zuliatu Cooper
There was a lined up of activities from the eve leading to the graduation from 28 to 29 April, 2017 in Bo, this ranges from football gala between the first and second batch of trainees at the Bo Stadium and later a dinner at Dohas Hotel in Bo under the distinguish patronage of the Chairman of Bo District Council Mr. Joseph MaadaBindi. Presenting transcripts to the first batch of trainees at a dinner in Bo over the weekend, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation 1 Hon. Madina Rahman confirmed that there is now total transformation in the health sector and training of 120 M&E on health information management vi-sa-vis credible data collection and management is no exception.
Talking on the theme: better information, better planning, better health and vision of health management information system, the Director of Department Policy Planning and Information Dr. Samuel Kargbo said the training was a realization of a dream to put Sierra Leone at the top scale in health sector strengthening through harmonize health information management system .
He maintained that data collection should not be restricted to only urban settings as the country has about 1310 Health Facilities where health information could be sourced so as to enhance better information, planning and better health service delivery.
The Training Manager of Africa Medical Research Foundation (AMREF ) Mr. Francis Namesi stated that they are seeking to transform the world with humanity high in mind ,noting that as Africans, we should seek to serve one another to kick out briefcase M&E on the continent. He stated that the training of 120 M&E would not make a difference if implementation to collect objective and quality data is not actualized.
He promised to extend training opportunity to senior official in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to proceed on advance training in Kenya in order improves the sector back at home.
The Chairman of Parliamentary oversight committee Hon. A.B Sesay said M&E are very key in national development pointing out the national resources can be properly allocated with credible data.
He said M&E are given the tools to work hard to change the perception of Sierra Leone.
Representative of UNICEF Andrew Sellu noted that robust M&E system will help bring development.
He maintained that skills acquired by M&E during the training session will enable them collect; collate and analyze quality data to improve the lives of women and children in the country. He therefore expressed UNICEF commitment of supporting more training.
Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister II, described another set of 60 newly trained Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officers as cornerstones of a performing health system at their graduation ceremony held on Saturday April 29, 2017 at the Dohas Hotel in Bo. The first set of 60 trained M&E Officers were graduated in October 1, 2016 at the Wusum Hotel in Makeni.
Delivering her keynote address, the Deputy Health and Sanitation Minister II, Hon. Madam Zuliatu Cooper described the theme: “Better Information, Better Planning, Better Health” as appropriate and timely, and underscores the importance of effective health information systems including data personnel.
She observed that health systems require well-designed health information systems in order to make optimal use of the mounting supply of health-related data, pointing out that information systems are an essential public health tool, providing real-time data to guide public health decisions.
Organizations, the Deputy Minister said both in the public and private sectors rely on these systems to inform managerial decision making and improve operations in areas such as epidemiologic surveillance, health outcomes assessment, programme and clinic administration, program evaluation and performance management, public health planning, and policy analysis.
The training was jointly organized by the Directorate of Policy Planning and Information (DPPI) in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the Africa Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) Health Africa with support from the World Bank and UNICEF
The occasion was climaxed with award of certificates to 60 graduates.
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