Stakeholders recommend accurate data management for improved health system

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Some stakeholders in health sector have recommended the use of accurate data to help improve the Nigerian healthcare system.

They made the call at the closing of a two-day National Health Management Information System (NHMIS) stakeholders’ workshop in Abuja.

They said that availability of accurate, timely, reliable and relevant health information was necessary for improved health sector.

The Director, Health Planning Research and Statistics at the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Emmanuel Maribole, said data provides for planning and decision making.

“Accurate data is essential for evidence-based decision making and for improved care for patients. Routine data is key in measuring the quality of healthcare and control of epidemics.

It provides information for regular planning and decision making at various levels of care. The most valuable feature of routine data is availability at little cost to the users when compared to the surveys,”  Maribole said.

Maribole added that the workshop was an effort toward improving data reporting in Nigeria.

He said that effort would be made to harmonise various available and fragmented data for efficiency in the health sector.

Maribole noted that “in an effort to improve and strengthen routine data reporting and information in Nigeria, the National Council on Health approved the use of single
integrated but decentralised national instance database.

He said it was also meant to provide opportunity for further discussions, and develop a road map on strategies toward achieving functional and effective health information system in the country.

Emma Abatta, the Head, National Health Information System, Federal Ministry of Health, said information is key to quality healthcare.

He said that the workshop was aimed at improving the quality of data needed to plan sustainable health system.

Abatta noted that the workshop would ensure that District Health Information Software (DHIS) was used for the benefit of healthcare facilities in the country.

Participants were drawn from Federal Ministry of Health, some state ministries of health and other health management facilities.

L.Nasir