Oyo state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Oluwaserimi Ajetunmobi has charged the Disease Surveillance Notification Officers and Tuberculosis and Leprosis Supervisors in the state to Re-double their efforts for effective service delivery.
The Commissioner stated this while meeting with Disease Surveillance Notification Officers and Tuberculosis and Leprosis Supervisors across the Thirty -Three Local Government Areas of the State, at the Emergency Operations Center, Yemetu, Ibadan.
Dr. Ajetunmobi explained that henceforth,the ministry will introduce the reward system, in which the outstanding Officers at the local level will be recognized and motivated.
She maintained that there will be regular training and retraining for the field workers at local governments to enhance their productivity.
She added that all community informants also will be trained for prompt reportage of the cases in their domain.
She stated further that the ministry is ready to engage the traditional birth attendants for further improvement of their work.
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.
“The Ministry, through the Department 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 representative of the World Health Organization, (WHO) 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 good health delivery to nooks and crannies of the state.
In their separate contributions, the Chairmen, Disease Surveillance and Notification officers and Tuberculosis and Leprosis Supervisors in all the 33 local Governments of the state, Mr Abiola Ayoade and Mr Akanbi Oyebamiji appealed to the Government to assist them by providing regular funds for their activities at local government levels.
The duo, commended the leadership of the ministry of Health,led by Dr.Ajetunmobi for running the ministry with various innovations.