The federal government, yesterday, flagged off the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), aimed at providing information on the demographic and health status of the country’s population. The NDHS provides detailed information on the level and trends of fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, STIs and HIV/AIDS in the country.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, on the commencement of the fieldwork for the survey, the minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said that the survey, which is the sixth in the series of DHS conducted in the county, is a five year periodic worldwide survey programme designed by USAID with support from other international donor organisations to assist countries in conducting household sample surveys to monitor changes in population, health and nutrition.
Represented by the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Abdullahi, the minister said that the survey is also aimed at fostering and reinforcing host-country ownership of data collection, analysis, presentation, and use, even as it seeks to Increase the capacity of host-country partners to collect and use data for policy and programme implementation purposes.
According to him, “The sample size for the 2018 NDHS consists of a total of 1,400 clusters (small geographically defined areas) with each state and FCT having 37 clusters with the exception of Lagos and Kano States which have 53 clusters respectively. “The clusters are made up of 580 (41per cent) urban clusters with 17,310 households and 820 (59per cent) rural clusters with 24,690 households with each cluster having 30 households each. Expectedly, a total of 40,567 women and 12,056 men will be interviewed in this survey. Unlike the previous exercises, the 2018 NDHS has been designed with additional components on malaria and genotype testing.”
He said that after the flag-off yesterday, zonal pretests would be carried out by all states’ teams in one selected state from the zone, adding that the zonal fieldwork is scheduled to commence from 15th to 22nd August, 2018 in the six geo-political zones of the country. “The fieldwork at the state level will commence from 26th August to 15th December, 2018 in the 36 states and the FCT,” he said. The 2018 Nigeria DHS is being conducted by the National Population Commission (NPopC) the agency statutorily mandated to generate demographic data for national planning in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health. The minister therefore called on states and local government councils, traditional institutions and communities in the affected areas to support the commission in carrying out the DHS by allowing the field functionaries unfettered access to the selected clusters. “They should also assist us to sensitise the people on the essence of the project and solicit their cooperation,”
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