In order to ascertain the area of needs in improving primary health care service particularly, maternal and child healthcare delivery through deployment of digital technology, the Hacey Health Initiative has took it upon itself to visit some Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
In one of the Primary Health Centre visited on Wednesday, Awodife PHC, Bolumole area of Ring Road in Ibadan South West local government area, the Co-founder of Hacey Initiatives, Isaiah Owolabi said they believe they can improve the maternal and child healthcare response leveraging on technology.
He maintained that they are on visit to see for themselves to know the area where they can be of assistance in improving primary healthcare delivery through digital technology.
Owolabi explained that Hacey and its partners such as Intellectual Property Research Deployment (IPRD) Solutions, New York, other partners and key stakeholders visited the health centre to access and see how interventions could be deployed in a bid to improve maternal healthcare service in the state
Hacey Health Initiative and Partners, IPR Solution have been working with the Oyo state Government since 2020 to improve maternal health service provision in the state using data and technology to improve maternal outcomes.
Hacey Health Initiative is a development organization focused on improving the health and productivity of vulnerable and underserved populations in Africa. In the past 14 years, the organization has worked with UNFPA, Path USA, Empower UK, Amplify UK, the Nigerian government and other private sector partners to implement various girl child and women’s rights related projects in the areas of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and sexual violence programs.
According to him, “We believe we can be of help to improve maternal and child healthcare response leveraging on technology but before we do that, we should see what is currently happening in the facility.
“As you know, we are in the digital age and digital technology can make so much things easier and so we are planning, that’s why we are here to see for ourselves.
“One of the main things we have seen here today was that everybody is working together to make sure that mothers have premium healthcare and they are able to live healthy life especially with their children and they are able to give birth in good condition basically with the use of mobile technology.
“As we are here today, we have discovered that this facility has capable personnel doing their services effectively and efficiently but we also discovered that there were some repeated or duplicated processes, which with the aid of digital technology, it would be very easier.
“We found out that everybody is willing and open to work with it and that there are still a lot of ways it can be applied to other areas of healthcare within the system and especially the learning, training and re-training about the different new technologies to advance maternal and child healthcare delivery.
“This is something we are so eager to work with the government, we are hoping that going forward, as we engage other stakeholders in talks, discussions and dialogues that we will be able to chat a better way forward, especially with improved technology, improved data collection and analysis.
“We have been working with the government and we have started working on this plan. The pre-covid, covid and post covid era and our current realities, we are committed, the government is committed and we are not in a rush to throw out a solution and walk away.
￼“We are in for the long haul and we understand that these things takes time, and as long as we are working together, we should see great outcome coming out by the end of it all, and since it is a long term thing, we have different milestone and designated period in our timeline and our ultimate goals which is improvement of maternal and child healthcare response”.
Reacting to the visit, the Head of the Awodife PHC, Bolumole, Mrs Adeyinka Bolanle, while thanking Hacey and other partners for their visit, she solicited for support in the area of hospital materials such as beds as well as the expansion of the facility.
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