Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency with support from CUSO International held a Monitoring and Evaluation Meeting for 18 M&E officers across the State.
Speaking the DG, Dr Betta Edu said monitoring and evaluation is very vital to the health system of the state as data collection is part of the process to attain universal health coverage and equitable healthcare for all.
She said the M&E staff need to have a proper link with ward focal persons as a lot of things have been abnormal in the M & E Sector which needs to be corrected. According to her the change is a gradual process which will continue even after her tenure as DG. We need genuine data to plan.
Dr Edu went further to state that His Excellency, Senator (Prof) Ben Ayade has approved the movement of Health workers salary to the Agency and by March ending the Agency will be paying salary directly to the health workers and its staff inline with the PHC under one roof policy.
“The Governor wants to see result and we must work hard to produce those results from the health facilities and communities. this meeting is very vital to the health sector, calling on all monitoring and evaluation officers to work together and report accurate data at right timing. His Excellency is very passionate about the healthcare system of the state and will always continue to support the sector.
She reminded the M& E that part of their duty was to monitor not only to evaluate or take data while being vigilantly looking out for outbreaks of diseases as the whole state looks up to them for data.
The meeting which was facilitated by CUSO had in attendance Canadian Volunteer Ginette Potentier who is stationed in the Agency to help drive the M&E process to meet up international standard practices.
“Ginette noted that her objective is to strengthen the current M& E system in the state by assisting management in decision making through improve quality data to satisfies mandated national reporting requirements and maintain accountability to Government and other stakeholders. She called for additional support from partners to hold monthly M&E meetings as data collection doesn’t only benefit state but donors and partners.
Present at the meeting were 18 M&E from Local Government, Mr Eneche Mark Oma, CRSPHCDA Permanent Secretary, Mr Uko EKOTT from CUSO, Jeffrey Adamade Executive Director, Mediatrix Development Foundation and others.