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Bisi Lawani
April 30, 2024

To provide objective data that will enable government and medical professionals in the state to make informed decisions in allocating resources effectively for the health of the people of the State, Ondo State Ministry of Health has launched Health Indices scorecard for year 2022 and 2023

The launch of the scorecard took place at the Health Data Consultative Committee meeting for Quarter 1 of 2024.

Speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary of Ondo State Ministry of Health, Dr Adeniran Ikuomola noted that the scorecard would be a directional guide on health indices that would help to improve the health status for the state for informed decision making.

While speaking on the importance of the scorecard, Dr Ikuomola emphasized that it would aid resources allocation, quality measurement and benchmarking that would enable the State to assess their performances and strive more for excellence.

He lauded the efforts of the Health Management Information System (HMIS) Officers by saying the development of the society and a good health care system relies on data to make informed decisions. In his words "data is the only thing that will speak for us in whatever we do, whether we are making progress or not, whether we have challenges. It is the data that will speak for us. We should ensure effective collection, collation and analysis of the data. We should also ensure that the data we are collecting are truly reflective of the situation in our different facilities and communities."

While presenting the scorecard, the Director, Planning Research and Statistics, Dr Richard Adesoji noted that the scorecard would help to run effective health system that would guarantee a healthy and productive citizenry as well as provide citizens access to their health data and performance metrics.

The 2022/2023 scorecard covers antenatal coverage, skilled birth attendance profile, contraceptive rate, Penta 3 coverage and IPTP2 among women in antenatal.

The highpoint of the event was the presentation made on HMIS in Ondo State and Supply chain management and performance of all Local Government in reporting data and gifts were presented to the performing facilities in the Primary Healthcare, General Hospital and Private Healthcare categories.