Dr. Jide Idris

In a bid to improve the knowledge and skills of health workers in the State for efficient and effective service delivery, the Lagos State Government has disclosed that a total of 1350 health workers across the State benefited from the Continuing Medical Education Program (CME) in 2018.

State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris who disclosed this during an interactive session with health correspondents in his office at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja stated that Nurses, Doctors, Laboratory Scientists and other health workers from the public and private sectors across the State benefitted from the program.

Idris explained that between 27th- 28th March 2018, the ministry organized two CME sessions for 700 health workers from the public and private sectors at Adeyemi Bero Hall, Alausa, Ikeja.

According to the Commissioner, various topics ranging from, the overview of the Lagos State Health Scheme; the content, context and implementation of quality healthcare to effective communication- a major key to healthcare workers’ attitudinal change and medico-legal issues in health were treated by seasoned professionals.

He further stated that a total of 650 participants from Junior and Senior Cadres from different directorates and Units in the Ministry attended the CME sessions held at Folarin Coker Staff Clinic, Alausa, Ikeja on 28th May, 25th June and 23rd July as well as on 24th August and 30th October 2018.

Said he, “various topical issues were treated with a view to broadening and expanding the knowledge base of the health workers to enhance service delivery.” Some of the topics according to Idris are, Silent killer diseases: Hypertension and Diabetes; The Better and the Bitter Side of Bitters; Team Building Approach/Team work in Achieving Quality Service Delivery; Task Shifting and Tasking Sharing in Health Sector; Procurement Procedures; Client/Patient-centered Service Delivery in Healthcare System; Reducing the Scourge of Domestic Violence and Development and Implementation of Policies in the Healthcare Sector, everybody’s role. Others are Oral Health Hygiene, what everybody should know and Trends of Substance Abuse and Negative Effects on Health and Wealth.”

Emphasizing the importance of the CME, Idris remarked, “the ministry has been organizing medical education as a mandatory program for upgrading the academic and technical knowledge of its personnel. This we believe, will enhance productivity, improve quality of service and create job satisfaction for all the cadre of our workers and interested private healthcare providers.”

He noted that the quality of health care delivery in any society rests on the quality and capacity of its health workers. “This is why Lagos State government will continue to train and retrain our health workers to enhance their knowledge, skills and attitude for positive impact on the health status of Lagosians.”