The Zomba Diocesan Health Services Commission conducted a one-week financial management training focusing on Quick Book for health facility accountants in the diocese to build their financial capacity.
Diocesan Health Services Coordinator Sr. Priscilla Tembo urged accountants to use the knowledge and skills learned during the week-long training held at the Thondwe Pastoral Center in Zomba, where the sisters in charge of health establishments were also oriented towards financial management.
Sr. Tembo added that the Diocesan Health Services Commission organized the financial management training after the commission observed a lack of standardized financial management in most health facilities in Zomba Diocese.
She further observed that most of the financial staff in the Diocese’s health facilities were using financial systems which she found to be flawed when audited.
“We decided to build the capacity of accountants so that they know modern methods of managing finances,” the health services coordinator added.
She also called on the sisters in charge of health facilities in the diocese to monitor accountants in their respective duty stations to ensure prudent financial management.
Sr. Tembo added that the Diocesan Health Services Commission felt the need to include responsible sisters in the week-long training workshop so that they would familiarize themselves with what accountants had learned.
“We thought of including the Sisters in charge of the health facilities so that they familiarize themselves with the Quick Book that the accountants have learned,” she says, adding that this will allow the Sisters in charge to control the system effectively. said Sister Tembo.
One of the trained accountants who is based at Mayaka Health Center, Patrick Jackson Lamiyele, said the Quick Book training was helpful.
“This training is ideal and relevant for us because it will improve the way we manage finances,” he said while acknowledging the usefulness of the Quick Book.
He therefore predicted that Quick Book’s guidance will improve financial management which, in turn, will help the health commission to build infrastructure such as operating theaters in its facilities.
The Zomba Diocese Health Services Commission presented a certificate of participation to the participants at the end of the financial management training at the Thondwe Pastoral Centre.
Zomba Diocese of Roman Catholics has seven health facilities namely; Pirimiti Community Hospital, Mayaka, Matiya, Sitima, Magomero, Chaone and Chipini Health Centers.
The week-long orientation took place at the Thondwe Pastoral Center in Zomba