Embrace culture of information sharing on health matters, Ongwae says

Kisii county governor James Ongwae has urged health leaders in the Lake Region to embrace the culture of information sharing and craft joint action on health matters.

Speaking during the Intercounty peer to peer learning forum on health information system monitoring and evaluation at Kisii, governor   said peers will learn from others through sharing knowledge, ideas and experiences.

“Our plans are to strengthen Health Information System and track progress towards Universal Health Coverage,” he said.

According to Ongwae, Governors in the lake region have vowed to support the quest to increase leadership and management of county governments for effective health service delivery.

He noted that the forum is an ideal platform for structured learning and entrenched culture of continuous improvement based on sound evidence as opposed to ad hoc engagements in meetings and conferences.

“We must strengthen national policies, strategies and standards of reporting to support national and county level health service provision,” he said.

He further said the main objective of the forum was to improve healthcare service delivery through building strong health information systems, monitoring and evaluation in the Lake Region Economic Bloc.

“Increase in evidence-based interventions on health matters can only be possible if we have a robust Health Information System,” he said.

The governor urged health leaders in the Lake Region to craft joint action plans to strengthen Health Information System and track progress towards Universal Health Coverage.

He stated that only five counties in the bloc are participating in Lake Region bloc and called upon the Lake Region economic Bloc secretariat to organize other forums to include all 13-member counties.

His sentiments were echoed by Deputy Governor Joash Maangi who said the forum will provide a platform for counties to showcase best practices and innovation in improving the use of evidence for planning and decision-making in the health sector.

During the 4th Annual Devolution Conference in Nakuru, counties committed to promote a culture of mutual learning, peer-to-peer review and data driven decision making.

The inaugural inter county peer to peer learning activity took place in June bringing together health leaders and stakeholders in the counties of Kwale, Kilifi and Mombasa.

 

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