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Anambra to post data clerks to hospitals

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ANAMBRA State Government will post Data clerks to all private health facilities in the state.

The N-power officers to be posted will function as data clerks and they have been equipped to carry out such specific tasks, designed to give feedback via the data they collate from such hospitals.

The decision was reached after the Anambra State Ministry of Health organised a 2-Day Orientation for 120 Private Doctors in the state, aimed at updating them on Family Planning procedures, with special focus on Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC).

Acting Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Health, Dr John Ndibe thanked the doctors for making it to the occasion in spite of their busy schedule.

Dr Ndibe reminded them that as Medical professionals, they owe the state a duty to serve the people as well as to protect life.

According to him 60-70 per cent of Ndi Anambra women attend private facilities, hence the necessity of the orientation.

He stressed the importance of keeping data and encouraged them to supervise the N-power staff members that would be assigned to do the job of gathering data.

Director, Public Health, Dr Uchechukwu Onyejimbe in a paper presentation on the overview of Family Planning, emphasised rapid growth in population of Nigerians.

He observed the pyramid of Nigeria with its dependant age group being larger than the working age group.

Dr Kufor Osi of Challenge Initiative talked about `Medical Eligibility Criteria’, which according to him has four wheels.

He said the wheels provide guidance on who could use given contraceptive methods safely.

State Family Planning Coordinator, Mrs Stella Ekweozor said that Anambra was partnering with private hospitals because they attend to more clients than government hospitals.

“We are not training them because by virtue of their duties, they are already trained on Family planning.

“We want to give them update on LARC, how to make use of advantages, the techniques in inserting and removing methods and most importantly, counseling clients on the best methods to apply in family planning.

“The issue of data collection has been a problem between private hospitals and the health Ministry. The state will send N-Power staff as Data Clerks to all the Private Health Facilities,” she said.

Mrs Ekweozor said that incentives would be given to private health facilities. These include Data Management tools, Health management information system tools and family planning tools.

One of the participants, Dr Nathan Ojekwu of New Life Hospital, Iyiowa, said the orientation had exposed him to various new methods of family planning.

“It is true that we learnt FP from school, but if we don’t get the nitty-gritty of these things; there is no way you can do things properly.

“For someone to practice it there is need for training and retraining, even if you are a professor.

“The commodities they will give us will be used adequately for clients at subsidised rates and we assure them of prompt data reporting,” Ojekwu said.

Another participant from Life International Hospital, Awka, Mrs Ifeoma Anwuluora said the orientation would enable her to sensitise her FP clients on a particular FP commodity that prevents cancer.

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