The Digital Health Intervention introduced by the USAID funded Integrated Health Program (IHP) has been described as a cost effective strategy that needs to be adopted in all primary healthcare centres across Bauchi state.
The Integrated Primary Health Care (PHC) Advisor of the IHP, Ahmed Mohammed Na’iya gave the indication in an interview with journalists after a meeting for the dissemination of some findings of the program’s technical support to the state, held in Bauchi.
Ahmed Na’iya said the digital health intervention was a three-digit toll-free number designed for clients and healthcare service providers to use their mobile phones and call for free to access information concerning healthcare.
He said there was also a digital referral App introduced by the IHP, which is being implemented in each of the three hundred and twenty three PHCs across political wards in the state.
Na’iya, who expressed satisfaction that all the digital health platforms were yielding fruitful results, said the most patronized among all other services being rendered is nutritional intervention.
The Executive Chairman of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed who said the digital health intervention was a welcome development, assured readiness to adopt same in other PHCs for improved service delivery.
Dr. Mohammed said the 321 toll-free platform had been proven to be the easiest way for clients to make enquiries concerning their health and lay complaints or otherwise on the attitude of healthcare providers.
In a paper presentation titled; “The Added Value of Gender and Social Inclusion Measurement”, the IHP Gender Inclusion Specialist in the state, Helen John who noted that for good Gender Disaggregation in collection of data, there was the need for governmental and non-governmental organisations to ensure that people living with disability were not left behind.
She said re-strategising was the best thing to do especially when the expected results on any issue seem to be unrealistic.
The meeting had in attendance participants from the State’s health sector.