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Health validates Data Collection Tools

Oct 28, 2010, 11:56 AM | Article By: Isatou Senghore

Health Management Information System (HMIS) unit under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, in collaboration with UNICEF, recently organised a daylong validation workshop on Health Data Collection Tools at the conference hall of the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) in Kanifing.

Speaking at the event, the director of Planning and Information, Dawda Ceesay, said: “The national health management information system has been transforming in the past years.  Some of the main activities being implemented include introduction of District Health Information Software version 2 (DHIS); SMS for health project that started in June 2010 and is reporting on twenty essential drugs and ten illnesses, conditions or outcomes on weekly basis; and DHIS 2 mobile application.”

He said that a significant number of health workers in all six health regions of the country have been trained on DHIS 2 in the year, adding that the ministry “is in the process” of launching another electronic database for human resource management.

“The aim of this is to collect data on all health workforce for effective planning, management and implementation of the HRH strategy,” he said.

He also thanked UNICEF Gambia office for providing the workshop with financial and technical support.

Mathew Baldeh, UNICEF representative at the forum, assured the government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of his agency’s continued support and collaboration in promoting quality health service delivery in the country.