BY PRUDENCE IJAH, ABUJA
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated the sum of eleven million US dollars towards the commencement of the 2018 Nigerian Demographic and health survey.
The USAID Acting Mission director ,Erin Holleran who made this disclosure at a press briefing said the survey will give concrete answers about what has been done in the last five years and the areas to concentrate in order to make progress.
“We can take time to understand the data ,and then fully invest in improvement for the quality and coverage of key interventions to address excess morbidity and mortality”
Speaking at a press briefing to mark the commencement of the NDHS Survey, the Chairman of National Population Commission , Eze DuruIheoma said the information obtained from the survey will be useful in the formulation,implementation ,and evaluation of intervention programmes.
“The survey will take place in 42,000 scientifically randomly selected households in all the states of the federation ,and the Federal Capital territory .It is a nationally representative survey designed to provide information on the demographic and health status of the population.
The Minister of health Professor Isaac Adewole who was represented by the permanent secretary said the NDHS survey is very useful in generating relevant data that will help in achieving Sustainable development goal.
According to him, ” the sample size 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 53clusters respectively.
“The aim of the NDHS is to collect high-quality data for policy formulation, program planning, monitoring and evaluation, It is also aimed at fostering and reinforcing host-country ownership of data collection, analysis, presentation, and use”
He called on media practitioners to give proper coverage for the success of the NDHS survey.
“The members of the fourth estate of the realm should take the message to all the nooks and crannies of the country by rehashing the narrative of cooperation and ownership by the citizens”
The 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey is the sixth in the series of DHS conducted in Nigeria .It is a five year periodic worldwide survey program designed by USAID with support from other international donor organizations to assist countries in conducting household sample surveys to monitor changes in population, health and nutrition. The survey is being currently carried out in several countries.