The National Population Commission (NPC) has commenced the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health (NDH) Survey .
Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole who disclosed this in Enugu at a joint press conference on the commencement of field work, said the survey is aimed at collecting quality data on fertility levels and preferences, investigate factors that impact on maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality, measure hemoglobin levels of women and children, foster and reinforce Nigeria’s ownership of data collection, analysis, presentation amongst others.
Represented by enugu state director, national population commission, Ngozi Onyia, the health minister said the survey will cover 1,400 clusters, with each state and fct having 37 clusters except Lagos and Kano states.
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He stated that the personnel will undergo series of training programmes to ensure that they acquire the necessary skills to achieve outstanding result.
He disclosed that the fieldwork at the state level which commenced 26th august will end on December 15 this year.
Adewole called on the media to enlighten the public to ensure full participation in the survey to generate credible data for sustainable development planning for the country.
He also urged various states and local governments as well as traditional institutions to support the exercise.
The exercise has been carried out in six local government areas in enugu state including Igbo-Eze North, Isi-Uzo, Nsukka, Udenu, Igbo-Eze South and Uzo-Uwani.
The Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey is a five year periodic worldwide survey programme designed by USAID with support from other international donor organisations to assist countries in monitoring changes in population, health and nutrition.