In January, Executive Director and Co-Founder of eHealth Africa (eHA) Adam Thompson hosted a team of nine delegates from the Jigawa State Government. The Jigawa State team included Deputy Governor Ibrahim Hadejia and Commissioner for Health Dr. Abba Umar, Commissioner of Education Rabia Eshak, Commissioner of Lands and Regional Planning Honorable Adamu Sarki Miga, and the Commissioner of Water Resources Ibrahim Mohammed Garba Hannun Giwa.
The meetings started with an introduction by Adam Thompson, followed by a presentation by eHA Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department Manager Dami Sonoiki. Dami provided insights on geospatial data, which is currently being hosted by eHA to benefit the Nigerian Government.
The session included a breakdown of eHA’s GIS technologies, distribution of data management and open source data versions and systems. Dami recommended that a distributed data management and versioning system using an open source data platform could be used by Jigawa State to effectively manage and share data. After a brief breakout session, eHA’s Deputy Country Director Atef Fawaz led further discussions on eHA’s other projects and programs.
The last activity of the visit was a comprehensive tour of eHA’s Kano campus. The delegates were impressed with the many facilities on the campus, and thoroughly enjoyed the tour.