INTENSE 3 DAYS TRAINING FOR HEALTH WORKERS ON HIV DATA IMPROVEMENT IN STATE, SUPPORTED BY UNICEF.
A 3 days intense capacity building for Health workers on data management in Cross River state has been concluded. Dr Betta Edu who took out time to school the health workers on use of data tools, Charged M&E, LIO and PHC Coordinators to be more focused, timely and accurate in their data reportage; says it’s a Lazy Work Man that quarrels with his tools.
Speaking, Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu tasked the M & E State and Local Government officers to be more proactive and go for accurate result.
According to her if you can’t count, it doesn’t exist, if you can’t account for it then you didn’t do it. If they are no data then it wasnt done! So if you are collecting data and you don’t upload it on time and thinks you have done something it is just like you haven’t done anything. She urged them to be timely in their report, hold a review meeting and x-ray data gotten from field before sending it to database.
In her words; data collection is not rocket science. We need to go to everywhere Data is found; in our health facilities, at TBAs, in the community during outreaches, everywhere. The data will help us with planning, as the end goal is to see the next generation free of HIV, all the people who are HIV positive at least 90% should be identify and placed on treatment. From data we can Know the flash points where we have problems and focus on them to bring solutions.
Dr Edu thanked UNICEF and Dr Olusoji for the enormous support to Cross River State she believed that after this intense training and the level of capacity given to health workers, the state will be very sucessful in its drive to achieve HIV free generation.
The UNICEF HIV specialist for the region Dr Olusoji who came in with a HIV consultant from Outside the state noted that the state was doing well, however the low capacity of staff to collect and manage data has not allowed the true picture of the state to show. He said UNICEF will continue to build capacity of health staff in the state until the achieve success in it’s set target.
Others present were Dr Ana, Dr Iwara, Mrs Ekaette Ekpeyong Mrs Regina, Mrs Mary Amah amongst others