The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has collaborated with the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to electronically capture the data of its health workforce for proper planning and strengthening of the health system.
Data of over 8,000 health workers are being transferred from manual forms into an Integrated Human Resources Information System that would ease access and management of information. Information such as names of health care workers, their qualifications, demographic and work history, health facility location, promotion and exit dates, and residential addresses are being recorded in an activity that will last for two weeks.
According to IHVN Associate Director Health Systems Strengthening, Dr. Aaron Onah, the activity is the first of its kind in the capital territory, and will enable the FCTA to “know the number of its health personnel and address gaps in health care delivery.” Dr. Onah said that forecasting of trends in staffing with regards to cadre of staff, promotions and transfers, and budgeting for human resources will be enhanced with the availability of data in electronic form.
The Desk Officer, Human Resources for Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Chinenye Orijioke said that plans have been made to ensure sustained updating of information on the database. “This is going to give real time information about health workers. In the past, we had them scattered in papers,” she said.
In 2016, the Institute also supported the Nasarawa State Government to capture the information of over 4000 health care workers for real time access in the health worker registry.
The Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) was established in 2004 as a local organization to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in Nigeria through the development of infrastructure for treatment, care, prevention, and support for people living with and those affected by HIV/AIDS but has now expanded its services to other infectious diseases of TB and malaria, including cancers.
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