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Working Visit of Instrat Global Health Solutions, Inmarsat (UK) and University of Leed to MOH

By: Administrator Date: 18-12-2017

The meeting held at the Ministry of Health on the 16th of November 2017 by 10am was duly attended by the officials of Ondo State Ministry of Health, Instrat Global Health Solutions, representatives of Inmarsat and University of Leeds.

The aim of the Inmarsat’s team visit is to elicit feedbacks from state stakeholders on how to maximize the potential of the IPP project, highlight the benefits satellite connectivity offers remote areas and discuss sustainability plans to ensure that successes recorded on the project are leveraged on for better health care delivery. Other objectives of the meeting were to discuss the possibility and plans of extending the project geographically to other areas, building a simple algorithm which will help junior clinical staff in the process of delivering health efficiently and effectively and provide guidance on the project being carried out by Instrat Global Health Solutions in Ondo State.

Dr Durojaiye welcomed all to the meeting and he intimated the visiting team on the good relationship between InstratGHS and the Ministry of Health. He went further to notify the group on the challenges encountered capturing data especially in the riverine areas of the state. He opined that the Inmarsat technology can be leveraged on to mitigate these challenges. He said that private health facilities data too can be captured, secondary health facilities data and valid data specific from the SOML which all bottles down to ensuring robust and reliable data in decision making. While acknowledging the support of UNICEF in data validation, he opined that InstratGHS and Inmarsat can also support the MOH in achieving this.

Tolgar Ors further requested that the officials state how they want Inmarsat to support them. Dr Ogunenika responded it will be nice to have an independent opinion for the state. She said they will need all necessary support gathering valid data. Dr. Bassey asked about the process of data verification which Mrs Dorcas responded to “at the first week of each month, the state and LGA team converge at the LGA, and source documents are being compared with the summary form. The HMIS has 255 indicators and each program thematic areas had to speak to each other. For instance, to ensure the immunization programme data is not different from what we have on the DHIS, so at the LGA, the LGA immunization officer validates the immunization aspect along with the state team and agreement is made based on the source forms. We ensure we do the validation before data is being uploaded on the DHIS platform. Mrs. Johnson noted that the HMIS form is part of what is on the CliniPak, the beauty of the CliniPak is on daily basis, we can have a picture of what is happening in our facility while the HMIS is on monthly basis.” She further identified that at the moment, the CliniPak data is still 5-10% lesser to the HMIS data.

On the SOML, It was generally agreed that the different national surveys use different data sources as well as methodologies and approaches which basically gives different result which will have an impact when evaluation is to be done. It was agreed that the state and the IPP consortium make a case for the SOML program to be the benchmark like ensuring results to be accurately measured. Instrat will also provide access to data to independently allow evaluation of performance prior to IVA activities.

Dr Aladeniyi recommended that Instrat team be part of the monthly data validation to compare results. He said that Inmarsat should look towards possible investment in hard to reach areas.

On the issue of funding and sustainability, Dr Aladeniyi intimated that the economic situation is not favorable and government is mindful on what they invest on. He said whatever is being deployed should be multipurpose whereby the community would appreciate its economic purpose, hence, sustaining it. This technology can be extended to other sectors.

Dr Ikuesan motioned that collaboration should be done in the aspect of research and this was generally agreed on.


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