Dr. Kamene Kimenye, Head, National Tuberculosis Leprosy and Lung Disease Program has called for thorough supervision in all facilities. She called on all County TB Coordinators to ensure that supervisions are done comprehensively and on regular basis. In her opening remarks during the on the ongoing National TB Quarterly Data Review Meeting (QRM), Dr. Kamene noted that the recently held Technical Assistance had shown that the quality of patient care has gone down due lack of follow up smears among most patients.
According to Aiban Ronoh, the team lead reviewing data for Kakamega and Elgeyo Marakwet counties, there is a need for all county coordinators to lead by example and ensure the data submitted is clean, consistent and mirrors the TIBU patient management system. His sentiments were echoed by Dr. Kiogoroa, Head of Commodity, NTLD-P.
The QRM is aimed at keeping track on the gains made towards eradication of TB in Kenya. The four-day exercise which is ongoing at Citimax and Eagle Palace Hotels in Nakuru, Lysak Haven hotel in Machakos and Sirikwa hotel in Eldoret will cover all the 47 counties in clusters. Each cluster will have a two-day session with NTLD-P specialists and will focus on data for 2017 quarters and the first quarter of 2018. The exercise will also include the treatment outcomes per quarter, for 2017 and first quarter for 2018.
The objectives of the QRM will include; discussing TB data for year 2017 Qs and share reports of county QRMs, reflecting on progress made with regard to meeting targets set in the TB and Monitoring and evaluation plan, follow up on lost patients, discussing the quality of data presented and development of Quality Improvement Plans for challenges encountered in Q1-Q4, 2017 and Q1, 2018. The deliberations will also look at the findings and challenges on M&E, Care and Treatment, Lab and Diagnostics, Commodity, Nutrition, Preventive Health and Promotion as well as Admin, Finance and Procurement.