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Gambia hosts tenth annual NHMIS regional meeting

Jan 31, 2020, 12:40 PM | Article By: Pa Modou Cham

Gambia is hosting the 10th annual meeting of National Health Management Information System (NHMIS), to review the status of implementation of the recommendation from the 2018 meeting and to discuss the priority actions to be carried out within the framework of the partnership for the next 12 months.

The meeting is important, as the sub-region is collectively working in efforts to combat diseases that could pose threat to the health and well-being of the population.

The meeting that was held at Metz hotel, brought together 15 countries of the ECOWAS member States to discuss and give a good shape to the health sector.

Dr. Kofi Busia, director of health care service of World Health Organisation (WHO), said they depend on information to guide their responses in allocating resources and to ensure effective response to various public health emergencies.

He added that it requires tremendous efforts from NHMIS to enhance the technical and operational skills to enable them to have real-time, quantity and quality data for monitoring the health status of people and health system performances.

“We have been holding meetings regularly for 10 years now and significant gains have been made at regional and country levels in the health information system. Several countries have been able to reform their system and adopt more appropriate tools and technologies for collecting, managing and sharing health information.”

Dr. Desta A Tiruneh, WHO country representative explained that the global health organisation’s support to the strengthening of NHMIS in recent years is geared towards the development of National Health Observations (NHOs) in member States.

He said it is also geared to provide support to build and strengthen capacity for NHMIS, health and research, strengthening country capacity for assessment, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation in the health sector.

Muhammadu Lamin Jaiteh, deputy Permanent Secretary of the ministry of health, said the meeting is a platform where stakeholders will discuss the organisational and operational issues of NHMIS in the ECOWAS region and share experience in the production, dissemination and use of information for decision making at all levels of the health system.

“This year’s meeting will focus on the analysis and validation of the 2018 health situation report of each Member State and discuss and adopt the frameworks for the production of health profiles of the ECOWAS countries.”