Freetown, Nov. 16, 2015 (MOHS) – A one-day Orientation Workshop on the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) and standard Payroll of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation Workforce has ended at the Civil Service Training College in Freetown.
The workshop which attracted District Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents, Directors and Programme Managers was organized by the Directorate of Human Resource for Health in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI).
Speaking on the theme: “Building a Resilient Health Workforce for Sierra Leone”, the Head of Civil Service and Secretary to Cabinet, Dr. Ernest Surur said data bases are usually very useful if they are accurate because it helps in planning and service delivery.
“You know exactly where every member of staff is and what services they provide, but if you can’t account for your staff then you cannot account for the services they are paid for”, opined Dr. Surur.
The Head of the Civil Service informed participants that staff salaries are very expensive and it cost the government a huge trunk of money, adding that it is annoying, realizing that half the staff on salaries are not even at work.
Some people he said are out of the country searching for greener pastures and being paid out of the consolidated fund which he said is not good for the government, especially with its scarce resources as the country has gone through the scourge of the Ebola war.
Dr. Ernest Surur reiterated that the data base would serve as an effective tool for obtaining accurate updated information that would assist the Ministry and stakeholders in ensuring its successful implementation.
The Chief Nursing Officer, Matron Hossinatu Kanu described the orientation as timely and appropriate within the framework of rebuilding a resilient health system.
She recalled the Ebola tragedy which claimed the lives of a good number of health workers pointing out that this is a moment of reflection for us to make sure we have the reforms we are looking for.
“There are plans for a reform of the five pillars in the Basic Package for Essential Health Services including patients and health workers safety, and most importantly the human workforce to enable the Ministry have a clean payroll in the system to comfortably provide for those exist in the system”, said Matron Kanu.
WHO Technical Advisor, Health Systems Strengthening, Dr. Grace Murindwa told his audience that human resource for health is key among several interventions and lauded the Health Ministry for the initiative taken in maintaining a resourceful data base for its workforce.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Mr. David Banya described the event as resourceful not only to the management of the Ministry and the Civil Service but also to Government in terms of critical human resource decision making.
He underscored the importance of the event adding that the whole purpose of the orientation will be counterproductive if the data collected, analyzed and stored is not properly managed by the Directorate, or used for selfish reasons or for reasons that are designed for personal benefits.
Other speakers include the Country Director, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Dan Gwinnell.