|BY INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI
The Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BOSPHCDA) under the Leadership of the Executive Director, Dr. Sule Meleh, and the Nigeria State Health Investment Project -Additional Financing (NSHIP-AF), a World Bank assisted Project under the Project Coordinator, Hajiya Habiba Saidu has commenced Training of Health Workers on Integrated Supportive Supervision (ISS).
Facilitators and Participants for the Integrated Supportive Supervision (ISS) Training of Trainers (TOTs) for Health Facilities is ongoing simultaneously today (Monday 9th December, 2019) at Emerald Royal Hill Hotels, G.R.A, Gombe state and Dujima International Hotel, Maiduguri.
The TOT Facilitators for Gombe state include Mr. Peter Adamu from the NPHCDA who is the National Focal Person on NSHIP in Borno, and Babayo Mohammed from the State Ministry of Health (SMoH). While Dr. Nji Valery Che, the Technical Assistant of NSHIP in -charge of Borno and Yobe, as well as the Training Lead NSHIP, Mallam Yerwama Tijjani are to Facilitate Yet -to- contracted LGAs /health facilities TOT taking place in Maiduguri.
Supervisors in Contracted Health Facilities of 15 contracted LGAs and Hospital Management Board (HMB) under the Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BoSPHCDA) and Nigeria State Health Investment Project -Additional Financing (NSHIP-AF) are expected to arrive Gombe State on Tuesday 10th December to Friday 13th December 2019 for STEP-DOWN TRAINING after the TOT. While Yet to be contracted LGAs would have their similar training in Maiduguri, the state capital same date.
The purpose of this ISS training according to the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency; is to have an approach designed to eliminate most of the shortcomings associated with Orthodox (primitive/traditional) supervisory processes in our Health Facilities. Secondly, to harmonize supervisory system which uses a common tool and reporting format based on collection of indicators from as many initiatives/ programmes as possible electronically to strengthen the Health System at both Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Health Institutions across the state.
Recalled that the orthodox methods used in supervision was not only cumbersome, but time wasting and most a times faulty.
NSHIP contracted LGAs which are suppose to attend the Step Down Training in Gombe state include; MMC, Jere, Biu, Magumeri, Kaga, Hawul, Shani, Kwaya Kusar, Bayo, Askira Uba, Chibok, Mafa, Konduga, Gubio and Damboa. While Yet to be contracted LGAs, which would have their training same day in Maiduguri are Monguno, Nganzai, Kukawa, Mobbar, Gwoza, Marte, Dikwa, Ngala, Kala Balge, Guzamala, Abadam and Bama. More efforts are on top gear to ensure all the 27 LGAs are contracted by NSHIP as the security situation improves.