Oyo Health Commissioner Urges LGA Surveillance Officers and Tuberculosis and Leprosy Supervisors To Re-double Efforts

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..pledges incentives for Outstanding Officers

Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr.Oluwaserimi Ajetunmobi, has charged the Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers (DSNOs) and Tuberculosis and Leprosy Supervisors (TBLSs) in the state to re-double their efforts for effective service delivery.

The Commissioner while speaking in a technical meeting with DSNOs and TBLSs across the State’s thirty-three Local Government Areas (LGAs) at the Emergency Operations Center, Yemetu, Ibadan.

She explained that the objective of the meeting was to keep the officers abreast of the Ministry’s activities in the areas of prevention, detection, and prompt response to outbreaks.

The Commissioner,who used the medium to appreciate them for the good services they have been rendering in their localities.

She hinted them that Government of Governor Seyi Makinde appreciates their efforts and recognizes their good deeds, adding that henceforth, the ministry would introduce a reward system in which the outstanding health officers at the LGA level will be recognized and motivated.

According to her, “the government will leverage the present COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Project (CoPREP) to offer another round of quality training that will improve the service delivery in relation to surveillance activities.

Dr.Ajetunmobi maintained that all community informants will be trained to promptly report the cases in their domains to the appropriate quarters.

She further charged the DSNOs to ensure proper monitoring of the community informants within their LGAs.

She stated that the ministry is ready to engage the traditional birth attendants to improve their work further.

Commissioner informed the health officers that the State Public Health Emergency Rapid Response Team (PHERRT) has been re-inaugurated to ensure prompt response to respond to public health emergencies.

She further stated that the arrangement is in top gear also to inaugurate the State Public Health Emergency Management Committee that will oversee the activities of the RRT.

She said: “The DSNOs need to be informed of the government’s actions to build their capacity through the CoPREP project and be ready to learn and deliver.

“Many CoPREP activities will be delivered at the LGA level and should be fully on the ground.
Community informants will also be trained to notify every rumour or outbreak promptly. They should ensure that those informants are adequately monitored”.

“The State Public Health Emergency Rapid Response Team (PHERRT) has been re-inaugurated with much technical injection to meet the urgency of the outbreak response”.
“The arrangement is in top gear to also inaugurate the State Public Health Emergency Management Committee that will oversee the activities of the RRT”.
On the LGA Rapid Response Team (LGA RRT), she said: “I know about the ineffectiveness and perhaps non-existent LGA RRT in most of the LGAs, and as such, I will soon send out the State team to inaugurate or reactivate the response teams in all the LGAs”.

“The Ministry, through the Directorate of Public Health, has concluded the arrangement of recognizing the best DSNO and TBLS in the State. The award will be based on performance indicators”.

In his remarks, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative, Pharm. Maxwell Obeka commended the Oyo State government for being one of the states that is doing well in the health sector.

He assured the support of the WHO to the Oyo State Government in the area of surveillance and overall healthcare delivery to the nooks and crannies of the state.

In his contribution, the Chairman of DSNOs in all the 33 local Governments, Mr Abiola Ayoade, appealed to the State government through the Hon. Commissioner for Health to assist the DSNOs with motorcycles as those procured about 6 years ago by WHO are out of the road.
He further appealed to the Hon. Commissioner to help them tell the MOHs/PHCCs to assist them with some of the funds sent to them by the State.

Also, speaking,the Tuberculosis and Leprosy Supervisors, Mr Akanbi Oyebamiji, appealed to the Government to assist them with counterpart funds and logistic support in order to enhance their activities.

The duo commended the leadership of the Ministry of Health, led by Dr Ajetunmobi, for recognizing them as the field officers that make things work.

They admitted that no government has ever called them to a meeting where the Hon. Commissioner for Health will be in attendance.

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