Abia Tele-health Concludes Proficiency Exam For Health Workers In Local Govts

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Abia State TeleHealth Initiative has concluded its Proficiency Certification Exercise for Officers-in Charge, (OiCs) of Primary Healthcare Centers, (PHCs), in the Seventeen (17) Local Government Areas of the State with a huge turn-out of participants and a resounding success.

In a release, Dr. Omas Ubiame said a total of 485 OiCs out of the 514 OiCs that took part in the exam passed with only 29 failing to make it through thereby given it a 94% success rate.

Ubiame explained that those who failed will be listed for a resit alongside a 2nd batch of OiCS schedule for June, 2021.

Certificates of Proficiency were issued to the OiCs in a brief award ceremony held immediately after the exercise while those who were unable to get their certificates at the exam venues will receive theirs at a local ceremony by the corresponding Health Authority Secretary (HAS).

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She listed the gains of the exercise which she described as both deep-seating and far-reaching to include: “Improving the aptitude and skill of OiCs in Abia State towards Tele-Health; Enhancing the discuss of telehealth amongst local healthcare workers in Abia State; Advancing the debate of leveraging technology to drive healthcare services with an evidence-base as well as Data collected/collated will help drive the narrative for further institutionalization of the Abia State Telehealth Initiative.”

According to her, other projects in the line for further Institutionalization of Telehealth include: “Proposal for Telehealth to be introduced at Studentship level, as an elective course, ‘Introduction to TeleHealth 101’ for School of Health students at The School of Health, Aba, a clinical externship programme for TeleHealth Providers at the FMC, Umuahia and the proposed Abia State TeleHealth Bill/Law, being developed under the supervision of the House Committee on Health.”

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Ubiame expressed gratitude toGovernor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon. Stanley Nwabuisi, Commissioner of Health, Dr. Jonathan Osuji and the Executive Secretary, Abia State Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr. Chinadozie Adindu for being what she called worthy ‘drivers’ of the Abia State Healthcare System.

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