Nutrition Survey will lead to improved quality healthcare – Experts

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Research experts with National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), have said that the National Nutrition and Health Survey, known as SMART, would lead to improvement in quality healthcare services in the country.

They said this in separate interviews with the press in Nasarawa State, at the sideline of a six-day 2019 training for field emulators on data collection for National Nutrition and Health Survey.

The National Nutrition and Health Survey was a household survey designed to provide an up-to-date information on the situation of children and women in the country.

The survey was a collaboration between NBS, Saving One Million Lives Programme For Results (SOML-PforR), National Population Commission (NPC) and Ministry of Health.

It was meant to focus on nutrition, immunisation, malaria, disabilities among others.

Ms Ozioma Ejimaonu, an expert from Abia State, said that the survey would lead to a more cost-efficient healthcare system in the country.

Ejimaonu said that it was one of the key elements used to streamline the process of providing healthcare in any country.

Oluchi Okoronkwo, an expert from Imo State, said that getting information about children health and use of treatment for common illness was long overdue.

Okoronkwo said that the survey would provide access to improved water and sanitation facilities in the country.

“It will be helpful to policy makers and administrators in monitoring key health nutrition programmes,” she said.

Adebusola Olowolagba, an expert from Oyo State, described the survey as a package solution sold as services that would redesign the challenges in food security, mortality and nutrition.

Olowolagba said that it would support the use by health care entities or patients for the electronic creation, maintenance, access, or exchange of health information in the country.

 

Earlier, Dr Ibrahim Kana, National Programme Manager, SOML-PforR, cautioned the participants not to allow themselves to be used by the state governments’ officials to reduce or increase the number of children and women of their states, while conducting the survey.

The survey will examine acute malnutrition, underweight and overweight among children and it will also look at malaria and household mosquito net ownership.

L. Nasir