IMPROVING HEALTHCARE SERVICES

Post by : Frank

The Electronic Community Health Information System (eCHIS) has been implemented by the County Government of Nakuru with the goal of improving the provision of primary healthcare services to households.

The system, according to Governor Lee Kinyanjui, was taken from the National Community Health Strategy 2020–2025’s attempts to digitize community health, and it was funded by the Global Community Fund through Amref Health Africa.

Kinyanjui expressed his government’s commitment to creating a supportive atmosphere for the digitalization process, claiming that the necessary legal and policy frameworks were already in place to put the system into operation.

The delivery of primary healthcare services to the lowest unit, the household, would be revolutionized, according to him, by the eCHIS system, which intends to digitize data on community health services throughout the County.

He clarified that Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) will use the system to register family members from their units, gather information, and compile medical records before sending them to their affiliated medical facilities for use in an emergency.

The eCHIS system, according to Ms. Elizabeth Kiptoo, director of public health for Nakuru County, will lessen inefficiencies in data collecting, processing, and reporting.

She continued by saying that the new system will also enable the real-time transmission of Community Health data, preventing delays in the submission of crucial reports for prompt decision-making.

Ritah Ochola, the County Community Health Strategy Focal Person, stated that the trained Community health team will cascade the information to all CHVs throughout the County, move she claimed will not only aid in the accomplishment of the National Strategy for Community health digitization but also strengthen the nation’s health data management systems.

The 55 Community Health Strategy Focal Persons, Community Health Extension Workers, and Community Health Assistants were trained over the course of five days by team from the County, according to senior program officer from the Ministry of Health’s Division of Community Health, Ms. Jane Koech. She added that the team was providing technical assistance to the County team during this time, and that they would keep cooperating until the digitization process was successful.

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