Group trains health workers in COVID-19 vaccine data management

Group trains health workers in COVID-19 vaccine data management

Chima Azubuike<

The Centre for Information Technology and Development has trained data managers of primary healthcare agencies from some selected states of Northern Nigeria on COVID-19 vaccine data management.

Speaking on Tuesday during the first batch of the training exercise in Gombe, Hamza Ibrahim, Coordinator, Public education on COVID-19 project CITAD, said the training was expected to build the capacities of the data managers.

He disclosed that the training was in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation, noting that it is to sensitise each of the 19 states on the importance of data.

According to him, “the training will focus on data quality, integrity, and will solve the issue of data discrepancy. 

“We understand there are a lot of issues surrounding data at many levels. We hope to build their capacities around data to enable them to know how it is managed, and processed so that they can know credible data.”

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Ibrahim added that the participants for the first batch were cut across nine states which include; Gombe, Bauchi, Adamawa, Borno, Taraba, Yobe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, and Katsina states.

“From nine states we have 18 participants, we hope they will acquire the skills and the know-how. It will benefit the public because credible data can be easily accessed, and will help in decisions, and policies of the ” Ibrahim added.

Also speaking, Mustapha Alinkilo, Programme Manager Zamfara State Emergency Routine Immunisation Centre said the training would solve the issue caused by discrepancies in data collection.

Alinkilo, who was a facilitator at the training said, “We are expected to find a lasting solution to the problem. We intend to use the opportunity to build their capacity in the electronic management of immunisation data. Most of the discrepancy has been from the northern region, because of higher volume and uptake.”

On her part, Fatimatu Abdullahi, a participant from Adamawa state said the training would increase her knowledge base, especially in the discharge of her responsibility.

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