Addressing participants at the weeklong Human Resource Information System Data Collection Training Workshop held at the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL) conference hall, Mr. Bayoh in underscoring the importance of data management, said it is a catalyst for resourceful labour and effective productivity for the improvement of health service delivery, especially with the Health Ministry accounting for over 50 percent workforce.
Mr. Bayoh reminded participants that the process for their selection was based on the evaluation, adding that the training must be taken with seriousness.
He said downstream management is important in addressing issues affecting service delivery, and that the challenges in capturing reliable data on the Ministry of Health and Sanitation workforce is critical for the Human Resource Management Office.
Mr. Bayoh expressed concern over the brain drain in the medical profession with many trained and qualified medical personnel going out for greener pastures, and that in country, a good number moving from Clinical to Public Health. He cited Psychiatry with only one Specialist, disclosing that two medical officers are presently overseas for training but pessimistic of their returning home after completion.
The Director General encouraged the Human Resource for Health Directorate in the Health Ministry to embark on constant monitoring countrywide with a view to stimulating supports to the district Monitoring and Evaluation Officers and other relevant stakeholders.
The Chief Nursing Officer, Matron Hossinatu Kanu reiterated her Directorate’s commitment to ensuring a viable human resource capacity building in all government health facilities across the country, noting that nursing is the largest workforce and the most challenging towards rebranding the Ministry to a resilient health system.
She said the nursing profession accounts for 50 percent in the Civil Service, and urged the newly trained Data Collection Officers to be effective and efficient in the execution of their work.
The Chief Nursing Officer underscored the importance of existing credible workers in all health facilities, as she puts it, “The days of ghost workers are over”, and lauded the World Health Organization (WHO) for their continued support.
Other highlights include experience sharing in Data Collection in the Civil Service Personnel Records verification Survey, Introduction to photography into Data entry and challenges, the role of District Health Management Teams in the Data collection exercise, logistics and arrangement for pilot study on health facilities and data entry into the Human Resource Information System among others.