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Availability of accurate data, effective tool for national planning purposes

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AVAILABILITY of accurate data has been described as one of the effective tools for policy making. 

   In a speech during opening of a 3-day WHO/EU assisted workshop organised by Anambra State Ministry of Health  at Ogidi, Mrs Obiageli Odimegwu said institutions could not function effectively without accurate data. 

  Mrs Odimegwu, a staff member of the health ministry said the workshop was aimed at boosting the National Health Management Information System.

  According to her, effective documentation in hospitals — private and public – are necessary to elicit data on health.

She enjoined the participants to adopt best practices in data collection.

  Mrs Odimegwu adds: “the workshop is organised every two years to ensure that up-to-date data collection from the grassroots are made available for national planning in the health sector”.

Participants at the workshop were drawn from Measurement and Evaluation staff members of health facilities – private and public –across Idemili North LGA.

   The participants, who expressed gratitude to state government, WHO and EU, pledged their loyalty to the government, stressing that they would put the knowledge acquired into practice.

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