Four days Regional Logistics Management Information System Training for twenty-five participants from Kenema, Kailahun and Kono districts organized by the National Aids Secretariat (NAS) is in progress at the Best Initiatives for Rural Development (BIRD) Sierra Leone hall Diema along Wahmann Abu road in Kenema city.
In her opening statement the District Health Sister for Kenema district Sister Hawa Daramy who represented the District Management Officer (DMO) Dr. Yankuba Madina Bah welcomed participants to the workshop.
She described them as fortunate because they were selected for the training saying they will be dealing with people living with HIV/AIDS in their communities, adding it is a commodity that you need to know how to manage at all times.
Sister Daramy called on the participants to take the training seriously as they are ambassadors of their colleagues who are not fortunate to be selected for the training.
Contributing during the session Modupeh Salome Paul the APO health nutritionist who is also the Regional Coordinator Unicef called on participants to be fully involved in the training saying that the knowledge will be part of them in fighting HIV/AIDS.
Madam Modupeh Salome Paul stressed that the programme is useful at this time, explaining that in the past some centers will have the drugs but they don’t know what to do with it. She said the workshop is timely in the sense that participants will not be wasting unnecessary funding any more. She called on them to pay attention to the workshop saying the knowledge they will gain must be taken to the outsiders.
As zone supervisors she appealed to them all to cover their Peripheral Health Unit (PHU) clinics under their zone. “Handle with care whatever material and logistics that you will be getting at the end of the workshop in the interest of all” she said.
In his contribution the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer National HIV/AIDS Secretariat Moi-Tenga Sartie disclosed that NAS has earlier trained all the district store keepers in the country and now they are training the PHU workers which is the second regional logistic training so that participants will have specific skills to be able to manage logistics and must be able to give service to patients at all times when required.
He said NAS is working together with the government of Sierra Leone and other partners in the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
Mr. Sartie further said the cost of one product is huge but the Sierra Leone government has paid for the drugs on behalf of the people of Sierra Leone. He said NAS thought it fit to design a system to avoid wastage of resources and improve on the system. “Government will equip you with skills and knowledge to help you to have Anti Retro Viral drugs (ARV) supply without being interrupted, by that we will be able to improve on HIV/AIDS system. NAS has put in place a lot of tools both electronic and manual to help us carry the work. NAS aims that every Sierra Leonean that has HIV/AIDS must have the ARV services at any time needed by victim. That is getting the right commodity at the right place, the right quantity and the right condition.”
Therefore he said “the workers must be competent in doing his or her work and must be a reservoir of knowledge.” He assured all of continuous support for HIV/AIDS victims at all time.
Sister Ann Marie Rhoda at the government hospital on behalf of the District Medical Officer formerly declared the workshop open and called on participants to remain committed during the workshop in grabbing the knowledge for the benefit of themselves and the community.