The National Population Commission (NPC) has said that the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey was aimed at the assessment of prevalence of malaria, genotype test for sickle cell disease among others.
Flagging off the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey, NDHS, in Zamfara State, NPC national commissioner in charge of Zamfara State, Alhaji Yusuf Anka said the survey was aimed at generating correct data on various segments of development.
Anka, who represented the minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and chairman of the NPC, stressed that the survey will focus on collecting data on fertility levels and preferences which comprised of contraceptive use, maternal and child health.
According to him, it would throw more light on infant and neonatal mortality level.
“Other key issues to receive more attention during the survey were maternal mortality, violence against women, gender equity, immunisation, nutrition, breast feeding, creating awareness in regard to HIV/AIDS and other indicators relevant for the Sustainable Development Goals”, he added.
He noted that sample 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.
He further informed that, the clusters are made up of 580 urban clusters representing 41 per cent with 17,310 households; and 820 rural clusters with 24,690 households with each cluster having 30 households each, adding that, a total of 40,567 women and 12,056 men are expected to be interviewed during the 2018 NDHS.
According to the commissioner, the outcome is expected to strengthen national capacities to better use of collected data by identifying demographic and health-related basic social needs, and using the data to develop strategies for equitable growth and social poverty reduction, while linking such strategies to national development strategies.
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