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IHVN collaborates to train on Quality Performance Measurement

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To improve the quality of care given to HIV positive clients in supported facilities, Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) has collaborated with the Federal Ministry of Health to train health care workers in four states to measure the services they deliver based on standard practices and desired outcomes.

The four-day training of over 100 health care workers highlighted typical lapses in patient monitoring and documentation. According to IHVN Senior Program Officer, Dr. Iboro Nta, “The Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) training is to assist facility staff in designing and implementing quality improvement projects also known as ‘small tests of change’ to improve poor performing areas revealed by the performance measurements.”

Dr. Nta said that the training was split into two batches to accommodate all the CQI Teams from Kano, Katsina and Nasarawa states and the Federal Capital Territory.

imagesNational AIDS/STI Control Programme Quality Management Specialist, Patricia Adisa-Olutayo, stated that the ministry is coordinating all quality improvement programs to ensure that high quality care and treatment services are provided to clients in our health facilities.

A participant from Federal Medical Center, Jabi, Dr. Aanuoluwa Durogbola noted that, “The use of the NigeriaQual software is an added advantage to me as a clinician presently working with HIV patients and also as a background for possible research work in future. I am so appreciative of this opportunity by IHVN and look forward to using the knowledge and skill acquired in my facility.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who was in the state to commission the laboratory, said that he was not surprised that the laboratory is located in Abia because of the industry demonstrated by the people and government of Abia, stressing that the issue of TB is “something that is of concern to all of us.”

Participants also included State HIV/AIDS Programme Coordinators and staff of the National AIDS/STI Control Programme. Training sessions were facilitated by staff from IHVN,University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the Federal Ministry of Health.

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