Sierra Leone she said has continued to making progress in increasing delivery of essential health and improving health outcomes of women, children and adolescents since the end of the recent Ebola epidemic, pointing out that by coming out with a credible data would help the government and Ministry in what we are doing as a country.
She underscored the importance of data development in building accurate statistics on maternal, child health and Adolescents, nationwide.
The Deputy Minister thanked WHO and JICA for all the support during the Ebola as well as for their continued assistance towards building a resilient health system in the country.
The Director of Planning, Policy and Information, Dr. Samuel Kargbo said government has prioritized targets of building a resilient health system and improving strategically maternal and child health outcomes in Sierra Leone by 2018, adding that the success of the initiatives would largely depend on the ability to generate quality data for monitoring progress and informed decision making at both national and district level.
Dr. Kargbo said over the years there has been a gap in the data generated by hospitals, peripheral health unit and programmes which he noted seriously hinder the rate of complete accurate data reported to the Ministry. The reason for the inconsistencies and incompleteness of data generated by the hospitals and peripheral health units, Dr. Kargbo told participants was vested in the fact that most of the Monitoring and Evaluation Officers deployed and working in those areas do not have the requisite skills in monitoring and evaluation activities including the use of what he referred to as the District Health Information System 2 (Two).
The training he said would help not only the hospitals and District Health Management Teams and Programmes, but also the Directorate in their efforts to develop a strong and reliable data bank that would help to strengthen the country’s health system. “It will also help to give feedback to the lower level and hence renew the relationship with health facilities, and institute a strong monitoring system in the data generated at all levels”, opined Dr. Kargbo.