In his welcome address the coordinator ICRC Health activities in Nigeria Dr. Hashemi Said Padshah said Health care workers in Nigeria can now use smartphones and tablets to improve the quality of diagnoses and drug prescriptions for children under five.
The ALMANACH project will be piloted by medical workers in ICRC-supported primary health care facilities in Adamawa state. It aims to improve the performance of health care workers by providing standardized procedures for the management of common medical issues.
“This new smartphone-age tool could become an essential and valuable part of ensuring a successful medical diagnosis and treatment plan for children in Nigeria,” said Dr. Hashemi added,
In her remarks the hon Commissioner Dr Fatima Atiku Abubakar said the Technology was Developed by Swiss TPH, the ALgorithm for the MANAgement of CHildhood illnesses (ALMANACH) is an upgraded electronic version of the IMCI (Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses), an initiative that focuses both on curative and the prevention care of disease.
Dr. Fatima thanks ICRC for the laudable initiative ” with the use of ALMANACH, our health workers can now easily diagnose diseases and prescribe appropriate medication,”
ALMANACH is also a data collection tool that can provide epidemiological surveillance information and lead to improved standards for the management of common diseases in Nigeria.
In his votes of thanks, the Executive Chairman Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr Abdullahi Dauda Belel said we have been partnering with ICRC since 2015, presently seven primary health care centers in state have benifited from the partnership through rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure, supply of equipment and drugs, as well as training for health workers.
The initiative was officialy launched in Girei B clinic in Girei Local Government Area of the state by Hon. Commissioner Dr Fatima Atiku Abubakar and Executive Chairman of Adamawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Abdulahi Belel, who have approved the use of ALMANACH and helped to ensure that it is tailored to primary health care facilities
BY: Abubakar Mohammed