By Confidente Reporter
HEALTH minister Bernard Haufiku and United States ambassador to Namibia Thomas Daughton, last week launched a Pharmaceutical Information Dashboard at the Windhoek Central Hospital.
In his speech the minister said that Pharmaceutical Information Dashboard (PID) will provide health managers with critical pharmaceutical, procurement supply and stock level information and will allow managers and staff, including the Permanent Secretary, to have visibility of stock levels for all medicines, vaccines and clinical suppliers at central, regional and district health facility levels by graphically displaying them on the dashboard in a very simplified and user-friendly manner.
“In 2015 alone Pharmaceutical Inventory Management at MoHSS (Ministry of Health and Social Services) has been manual, using paper-based stock cards. This poseda huge challenge for pharmacy staff at all health facilities countrywide.
“The limited human resources for pharmaceutical services and re-emerging diseases, has not made it easier for the staff to operate effectively without appropriate and modern technologic tools such as this dashboard,” Haufiku explained.
He said he was confident that the dashboard would go a long way in helping immensely the few and often overstretched pharmacy staff to manage pharmaceutical supplies at their respective health facilities in a more efficient manner.
“The limited human resources for pharmaceutical services and the increasing patient case-load due to new emerging and re-emerging diseases have not made it easier for the staff to effectively operate without appropriate and modern technological tools such as the dashboard,” said Haufiku.
The dashboard system will recommend to pharmacy staff the quantities to order as per current pharmaceutical standard operating procedures of the health ministry, said the health minister.
This would depend on an item’s consumption pattern, thus allowing pharmacy staff to have more time for other patient-centred and management related activities.
In addition, it will provide an early warning signal of flagging about potential stock-outs and overstocking of essential health products to enable the timely dispatching and redistribution of such products.
This will result in the efficient management of essential pharmaceutical products thereby maximising their availability to all dispensing health facilities.
“I am encouraged by the fact that the system can interlink with other systems,” said the health minister. Government through the health ministry spent over N$1 billion in the procurement of pharmaceutical products last year. American Ambassador to Namibia, Thomas Daughton, said the official launch of the dashboard marks another milestone in the longstanding and productive collaboration in health between the United States and Namibia. “Working together I am confident that our two countries can achieve an AIDS-free generation in Namibia,” he said.
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