By Oluwatoyin Adegoke
The 2023-24 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey, NDHS, has commenced in Ogun State with a call on the people to embrace the initiative as an instrument of transformation that would help to reduce health disparities and enable every Nigerian to thrive.
The Chairman, National Population Commission, NPC, Mr Nasir Kwarra made the call through the Acting State Director of the Commission, Mr Ayinla Folami at a News Conference in Abeokuta.
He said the National Population Commission, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and other partners, had concluded arrangements for a successful survey as the basis for the formulation, implementation and evaluation of intervention programmes in the health and social sectors.
The NPC Chairman explained that 46 Clusters, comprising 45 households each, across 18 Local Government Areas of the state would be visited by trained data collectors to interview the selected participants with the aim of gathering high-quality data on a wide range of vital indicators.
Mr Kwarra pointed out that the Interviewers would ask questions on fertility awareness, use of family planning methods, child immunization routine, maternal and child health, awareness and behaviour regarding HIV and Aids and Hepatitis B and C.
He listed other indicators as the information on Sexually Transmitted Infections, Tuberculosis, Disability and other health-related issues such as smoking and drinking of alcohol.
The NPC Chairman announced that the survey, which started on the 1st of December last year would lapse by April this year.
In a remark, the NPC Southwest Zonal Coordinator, Mr Rotimi Ilelaboye said the outcome of the survey, being conducted in all states in the Southwest region would help the government to develop policies that would have tremendous impacts on the health of Nigerians.