SCHOOL OF GENERAL HEALTH TECHNICIANS.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TECHNICIAN.
The Health Technician is a serial cadre salaried member of the health team for Primary Health Care. He/she is employed by the formal Health System and is expected to spend 70% of his/her working time in the community and 30% in the clinic. He/she is supervised by Community Health Officer.
Job Title: Health Technician
Location of the Job: LGA, PHC Department/Community.
Personal Qualification: He/she must be
- Able to communicate and work well with people in the community.
- Able to guide, supervise and give good leadership to Volunteer Village Health Workers/Traditional Birth Attendants
- Be willing to live and work in the community.
- Mature, approachable, friendly and honest.
- Knowledgeable and skillful.
- Have initiative and tolerance.
- Punctual to duty
- Portray the ethnic and etiquettes of Health practices.
- Academically qualified Health Assistant who has been on the grade for minimum of 2 years.
- A candidate who possesses five (5) passes in English, Mathematics, Biology or Health Science, and any other two (2) subjects in WAEC or NECO at not more than two (2) sittings.
- Nomination and support by the LGSs/other organization.
Duration of the course: 2 academic sessions (4 semesters)
Certificate awarded: Diploma for Health Technician.
Summary of functions
Carry out 70% of his/her Primary Health Care functions in the community and 30% at the clinic.
Community Based Functions
- Carry out community mobilization for health action.
- Participate with other Health Workers and community to carry out community diagnosis and continuous health needs assessment of the community.
- Supervise Volunteer Village Health Workers(VVHWs)/ Traditional Birth Attendants(TBAs) and together visit prenatal and postnatal mothers to initiate and continue ease.
- Carry out Health Education on environmental sanitation and prevalent Health problems such as Malnutrition, Diarrhea, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in the community.
- Develop a monthly plan with the approval of the supervising officers.
- Visit homes and monitor pregnant women.
- Participate in the training of VVHWs/TBAs.
- Collect and collate health data for monitoring and evaluation of PHC activities in the community.
- Work with the supervisory officer and community members to plan solutions for identified health needs.
- Identified learning needs of VVHWs/TBAs information from community based data to serve as evidence for intervention.
Clinic Based Functions
- Register new clients.
- Weigh clients and record weights accurately.
- Carry out health talks on different health related topics as scheduled.
- Dress uncomplicated wounds according to established procedures.
- Sterilize equipment according to established procedures.
- Participate in collating data for monitoring and evaluation of PHC activity in the clinic.
- Update the clinic master card after community based functions.
- Perform any other duties assigned to him/her by supervising officer.
LGAs: Local Government Areas
NPI: National Programme on Immunization
ORS: Oral Dehydration Solution/Salt.
ORT: Oral Dehydration Therapy
PHC: Primary Health Care
SSS: Salt Sugar Solution
SCBE: Supervised Community Based Experience
SCE: Supervised Clinic Experience
TBAs: Traditional Birth Attendants
VVHWs: Volunteer Village Health Workers
WHO: World Health Organization