The Federal Government has commenced the process of reviewing the training curriculum for Health Information Management system in its training institutions across the country, as part of measures aimed at improving health care delivery in the country.
Country Lead of Measure Evaluation, a USAID-funded intervention agency in the nation’s health sector, Samson Bamidele said they were assisting the government in reviewing the curriculum, a draft of which he said has been presented to the Nation Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for approval.
Bamidele said that at the moment, there was no university in the country running a full degree programme on Health Information Management, adding that his agency was ready to assist interested universities in the country mount degree programmes in the field.
He noted that there was so much happening in Health Information Management, lamenting that the nation still lacks adequate professionals in the area, stressing that since indicators in that area are changing, there was need to train more professionals.
Bamidele, who was in Zaria for a regional workshop on: “Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Health programmes”, commended the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria for collaboration in raising professionals in the field.
Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director of ABU Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Professor. Lawal Khalid said that the nation is making progress in the health sector today because of the attention paid to public health issues in the country, adding that any effort in sustaining public health would not be a waste.
While pledging the continued support of the tertiary hospital, Khalid said that people are able to live together in the country today because of sustained efforts at disease control, pointing out that this will not be possible if there is no improvement in public health.
Head of Department of Community Medicine, Dr. Mohammed Sambo disclosed that for the first time since the training started, there was an international participant coming from Ghana. About 150 people have so far been trained.