Health workers at Kogi State LGAs undergo practical training

By Oluwakemi Jonah, Lokoja

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The Kogi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (KSPHCDA) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) have trained about 315 health workers across the 21 Local Government Areas on collection and reporting of viable data aimed at improving centers and administering COVID-19 vaccines as part of the “Can Give Project”.

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The director of the agency, Dr. Abubakar Yakubu, said that through the sensitization program the state can correctly report data from intervention programs coming into the state. He also expressed his interest in the data that will be collected from each child who receive different vaccines, whether vitamins or other types of vaccination.

The focal person of the “Can Give Project” Dr. Emmanuel Bola Jonah, explained the importance of reporting health data, noting that without it there will be no improvement in covid-19 vaccination and the issue of unreliable data that disturbs the State will never be resolved “we all know that data is collected from primary sources to the highest level.  Therefore, the numbers of children who received vitamins and other interventions must be properly documented.  This awareness will better stimulate the team and there is room for improvement in Kogi State when it comes to data reporting and intervention programs.”

More so, to support Dr Bola’s perspective, his WHO counterpart Mr Raji Toyosi revealed that the data collected recently was unreliable which is why the training was quickly put in place. “This engagement will help us improve Covid- 19 vaccination and collect real and viable data with a view to strengthen the system in the scope of vaccination and the collection of health data. We will do our best to ensure that the data from one level to another is perfect and well captured”, he added.

In recent times, primary health care centers in the state are getting better and better with new and expanded initiatives of KSPHCDA.