The Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board has unveiled a platform for the capturing of data on all related health issues in the state.
The state health educator, Dr. Doris Nria disclosed this while speaking at a training organized by the board for over one hundred and fifty community volunteers in Port Harcourt and Obio Akpor local government areas in conjunction with UNICEF.
Dr. Nria said the board intends to capture data of activities from the health sectors in the state.
She added that the end result of the training will serve as a recharge ground for students and others that may need statistics from the area.
“A lot of persons and organizations have been carrying out quite a lot of activities without actually capturing data.
Rivers State Primary Health Care Board in conjunction with UNICEF has put in place a platform where these activities conducted either by government officials, private sectors, non-governmental organizations, and faith-based organizations will be captured in real-time.
According to her, “This will enable us to know how much we are doing, the effect of our activities, the outcomes which will enable us to follow up.
“So it is a very good research ground students can come for research and they will see that a lot of data are there for them to have.”
On his part, Alex Pobe, in charge of ICT at the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board said the training is to build a platform for data in order to address any health challenge in the communities across the state.
“We noticed that before now, data comes in late when each of these diseases breaks out. And some of the data that filters to management have not been accurate”.
“As a result, we feel if a platform is provided, community volunteers will be able to give firsthand information of what is happening in the community and it reaches the board on time, quick and appropriate action will be taken to arrest the situation before it escalates”.
“That is why we built the platform and we also train them on how to use the platform and also intensifying so they can do the work happily and help us combat health care challenges in the various community”