Awka-No fewer than 25 health data operators and human resources managers have been trained on health workforce registry.

The training is aimed at boosting capacities of programmers and other mid-level health workers, who are ICT-compliant to utilise workforce registry in taking required data decisions.

The training, which was held at Parktonian Hotels, Awka was in collaboration with the EU and the Anambra State Ministry of Health.

Acting Director, Planning Research and Statistics, Mr Arthur Iweanya commended EU for tremendous work they were doing in the state.

He thanked Gov. Willie Obiano for his efforts in repositioning the health sector, while creating good environment to attract partners to the state.

I will like to use this opportunity to express our gratitude to our partner, EU and our health-friendly Governor for their support to health ministry,” Mr Iweanya said.

He urged the participants to take the workshop seriously and learn all that would help the state to make necessary policies.

Programme Manager, WHO-EU Health System Strengthening (HSS) Anambra State, Ndubuisi Oji, noted that the Federal Government requested all states to have robust health registers.

This request necessitated the training with support from EU the HSS project, aimed at achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

The workshop is basically for programmers, mid-level health workers who are ICT-compliant as it will help them to operate the registry when fully completed, Mr Oji remarked.

Other benefits the training would offer to participants are generating report of those retiring to enable government to plan ahead and navigate the state health workforce registry.

Others are to create and modify records in the state health workforce registry; utilise the State Health Workforce Registry search features to generate and report health workforce report.

The resource person, Agbons Oaiya defines Nigeria Health workforce Register (HWR), as human resources management tools.

The tools would enable the state to design and to manage comprehensive human resources for health management.

It is a single and authoritative source of health workforce information that can provide accurate count of all healthcare personnel that had either worked or currently at all tiers of government.”

One of the participants, Mr Okechukwu Nwobi, Registrar, School of Health Technology, Obosi, expressed joy at the partnership with EU and called on government for sustainability of the programme.

Other dignitaries at the event are the Executive Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Chioma Ezenyimulu and Hospital Administrator, Dr Richmond Achugbu.

Source: Anambra State Government