Sagam Community Hospital (SCH) sat down with Irene Lorna from Customer Care service to talk about a recent conference training she attended in Machakos, Kenya from March 20th to March 24th. This conference was hosted by the Kenya Ministry of Health to improve data entry across all disciplines in health.
Irene is responsible for gathering general patient information when patients register through the Emergency Department. “The training was on how to uses a comprehensive health records system called District Health Information Software version 2 (DHIS 2),” stated Irene. The system originated from University of Oslo in Norway where it was developed under a global research and development initiatives. DHIS 2 is a free open software system that is widely used in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Liberia, and Bangladesh as a central data repository of disease surveillance.
Elements that can be found in the database vary from diseases to immunizations. Irene stated, “Some of these diseases include suspected/confirmed malaria cases, diarrhea, tuberculosis (TB), fevers, urinary track infections (UTIs), and many other diseases”. DHIS 2 helps governments in developing countries and health organizations to manage their operations more effectively, monitor processes and improve communication. Irene successfully completed the training and will be using the system in conjunction with the Kenya Ministry of Health to improve quality of care at SCH. SCH congratulates Irene on her successful completion of DHIS 2 training.