BY DOYIN OJOSIPE, Abuja
To forestall quackery in the in health records profession, the Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria(HRORBN) yesterday inaugurated a 12 man committee who will be responsible for investigating and penalizing defaulters charged with breaking ethical standards.
Speaking at the event in Abuja, the Registrar, HRORBN, Alhaji Mohammed Mami said the new committee members whose appointment is subject to the approval of the Minister of Health will assist in monitoring of operations, identifying of issues suitable for professional review, finding out hospitals and clinics that engage unlicensed members to practice, professional(s) reportedly involved in examination malpractices.
Mami further call on health care providers and management of health facilities to engage the services of qualified and licenced practitioners to strengthen their health records department.
“this will facilitate the collection, aggregation and analysis of qualitative health data especially in the area of informed medical care, monitoring and evaluation, disease surveillance and notification, management of Cancer Registry as well as guaranteeing the confidentiality of patient medical records,” he added.
The Registrar also noted that the Board will not hesitate to quickly report cases of exam malpractices to law enforcement agency for investigation and prosecution accordingly.
In the same vein, the Assistant Director, Health Records department, National Hospital, Mr Adio Razaq said poor data collection is responsible for continuous poor health indices of the country adding that the federal government need to employ trained and licenced health record practioner and stop depending on research by foreign partners alone.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to government to strengthen collection of data at the primary healthcare level by employing trained and licenced health record practitioners at the primary health care level.
The Primary healthcare level has being using wrong personnel to collect data, most of which are being cooked at the corner of the offices, people that will actually go it to collect the data are being schemer out,” he said.