Interview with O.Safarov

Safarov Odina - the most active collaborator as per the results of testing the health information system DHIS2. The testing was conducted starting from October 2014 within the project "Technical assistance to support the strengthening of the health information system in Tajikistan". The Rural Primary Health Centre (RPHC), where he heads the statistics office, entered over nine thousand statistical tickets for primary registration of diseases.

Safarov Odina started his career as a district paediatrician, after graduation from the paediatric faculty of the Tajik State Medical University named after Abuali Ibn Sino, and now heads the Rural Primary Health Centre Sari - Kisht of the Rudaki district. Mr. Safarov is the manager of the RPHC and since two years heads the statistics office of the district health centre.

Dear Odina Niezovich, do you think there was a need to implement a new information system?

On behalf of my superiors and colleagues, I would like to express our gratitude to the project for supporting the health information system of our Republic and for helping us, the ones working in this field. The implementation of the DHIS2 information system will help us eliminate the routine, provide timely information to the managers, who  will be able to analyse it and solve the problems, in order to provide timely assistance to the people who need medical or emergency help. Some results of the analysis can be seen already now, after the current testing.

It is not the first year you work in health care facilities, you are a medical statistician who was trained both as user and trainer for the information system DHIS2, and you participated as a trainer in the training program for DHIS2 users. According to your opinion, what does the information system DHIS2 provide to your institution?

Life dictates its rules and you cannot stop the progress. The man always strives for new, we do not know what will happen in the future, but what we know for sure is that life is movement. At each life stage one works on certain issues, something very important for himself, for his colleagues, and generally for people. In my opinion, in life you should do something what you like and what "enhances" your qualities, the quality of your work: someone can learn to embroider, someone can learn foreign languages, and someone can be a professional in statistics. The same happens with our lives, because work is our life. A job which you like should not be a routine, but a pleasure. On the other hand, we have follow the  surrounding world - in the era of information and technology, we are obliged to hold the information, take the necessary measures in a timely manner and help create the policy of our field and of our country.

What are the problems in the project implementation?

The main problems: the lack of staff in statistics, lack of motivation, low-paid work, limited power supply in winter, underequipped workplaces. For example, I have a very small office together with the cashier. There are three of us working there. This creates certain inconvenience to us and to our cashier. However, thanks to the efforts of the district Hukumat and our manager Sharipov M.L., a new building was built for the PHC centre, which will be inaugurated during the coming days. A separate large room in the new building was allocated to the health statistics department. As a progressive manager, Dr. Sharipov M.L. is constantly interested in the progress of the project and maintains control over our work. I think many can encounter temporary inconveniences, which can be solved and neutralized in time, but this cannot prevent a hard-working specialist from doing his job. 

To date you entered in the information system a large flow of information on newly registered patients. Could you share with us the secret of your successful work?

My secret is my team, the people I work with. My colleagues from the department are Ozoda Dzhanaeva and Erkin Musoev. Thanks to the efforts of these specialists we were able to enter such a large volume of information. They were not trained in implementing the system, but thanks to them we are far ahead other institutions. We will not stop here, we will go further.

What would you like to say in conclusion of our conversation? What are your wishes?

It would be good to motivate a little our employees to raise their spirit (laughs). Taking this opportunity, I would like to thank the staff of the project and the RCSMI for the training opportunities provided under the project, for the supplied equipment and for their help in organizing the work. I have one wish – health to everyone!

Good luck!