The National Population Commission (NPopC) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health has commenced the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) in Kaduna State.
The Commissioner overseeing Kaduna NPopC, Bala Banye made this known at a news conference in Kaduna.
According to him, the objective of the survey is to provide up-to-date information and reliable estimates of fertility levels and preferences, awareness and use of family planning methods.
“Breastfeeding practices, nutritional status of mothers and young children, early childhood mortality and maternal mortality, among others,’’ he said.
He noted that this year’s survey would also provide estimates of anaemia prevalence among children aged 6-59 months and adults as well as provide estimate of sickle cell disease.
The commissioner said that a complete listing of households had already been concluded in each of the 1,400 selected Enumeration Areas (EAs) in the country.
“A representative sample of appropriately 42,000 households have been selected for the survey.
One-third of the households are being selected for malaria, anaemia and genotype testing for children aged 6-59 months.
All women aged 15-49 and men aged 15-59 who are either permanent residents of the selected households or visitors who stay in the households the night before the survey will be eligible to be interviewed,” he explained.
For the survey, a total of 333 interviewers have completed their one-month long intensive training in the state out of which 74 are bio-markers who will carry out medical tests on the health specific areas.
He said the field survey that commenced on August 16 would last for four months, while the field officers were expected to go from household to household to canvass for information on a wide range of issues.
The survey will take place in three localities each of Soba, Zaria, Kaduna North, Kaduna South and Kachia Local Government Areas of the state.
“Two localities have also been selected in Giwa, Sabon-Gari, Kudan, Kubau, Igabi, Chikun, Ikara, Kauru, Lere, Zango-Kataf and Jema’a LGAs, while one locality has been selected for Jaba, Kaura, Birnin Gwari, Kajuru, Kagarko and Sanga LGAs,” the commissioner said.
Banye further explained that the field officers would go from house to house to canvass for information on wide range of issues which were critical to policy design in both health and educational sub-sectors.
He urged respondents to be patient and provide needed information, assuring that all information would be treated with absolute confidentiality.
He appealed to state governors, traditional rulers and community heads to cooperate and support the commission to ensure a hitch-free exercise within their domain.