By Olusola Oke
Akure, Feb. 21, 2019 The Ondo State Government has tasked medical record officers of health facilities in the state to ensure accurate capturing of data, saying the measure will reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality.
Dr Wahab Adegbenro, the state Commissioner for Health, gave the charge at the one-day training for medical record officers of secondary health facilities on Thursday in Akure.
Adegbenro said the training was very important to the state as it had just come out of a data falsification saga which cost it $1.2 million and a battered reputation.
The commissioner said the training would help the participants to capture data correctly and the state to save more lives.
The training, he said, was to be in batches and would be extended to private health facilities as they accounted for about 25 per cent of caregivers in the state.
“Bringing private health facilities into the picture will give the state accurate data that can be used to achieve the desired reduction in maternal and child morbidity and mortality,” Adegbenro said.
Mrs Margret Kuduyo the Initiator of an electronic platform for capturing medical data that is easily retrievable in the state, commended medical officers in the state for improving their performances since the e-platform started.
Kuduyo, a member of Rotary Club International, pledged the support of the club to the state, saying that the club would always come to the aid of the state whenever it was called upon.
Mr Oluyemi Falusi, the state Director, National Population Commission (NPC), appreciated the government for the training, saying it was in line with the commission’s initiative.
He prayed that the objective of the training would be achieved as it would help the commission to have accurate record of maternal and perinatal deaths in the state.
Also, Dr Abiola Oguneneka, the state Programme Manager, Saving One Million Lives for Results (SOML), Sponsor of the training, said reducing maternal and child mortality and morbidity was the whole essence of SOML.
Oguneneka noted that the training was very important to SOML as the success of the maternal and perinatal death surveillance response would help it achieve its objectives.
He appealed to medical record officers in the state to improve medical record-keeping and to make sure they were up to date.
Oguneneka said that there would soon be a national health facilities survey where medical records would be checked and the state would be paid, if it could perform well.
Furthermore, Dr Olajumoke Aladenoola, the state Desk Officer, Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance Response (MPDSR), said the programme started as a confidential inquiry into maternal deaths in the state.
Aladenoola said it was aimed to identify number of deaths and their causes as well as provide information on how to prevent future occurrence.
She recalled that a bill was passed into law during the previous administration, mandating all health facilities in the state to report all maternal deaths within 24 hours.
She, however, regretted that health facilities had failed to comply with the provisions of the law.
In an address of welcome, Dr Dipo Durojaye, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, said that the electronic platform would create an avenue to capture the MPDSR data accurately in easily retrievable format.
Durojaye enjoined the participants to make the best use of the opportunity and replicate the knowledge in their facilities.
Edited by Oluyinka Fadare/Ejike Obeta