The National Population Commission (NPC) has called for the support of residents of Gombe State and stakeholders in the ongoing Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS).
The Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Isa Kwarra, made the call in Gombe on Wednesday while inaugurating the commencement of the main fieldworks for the 2023/2024 NDHS in the state.
Represented by Mr. Jude Maigari, the NPC Director in the state, Kwarra said that the success of the survey is a shared responsibility for all stakeholders, hence the need to support the exercise.
He added that the nature of the exercise required patience and accuracy, hence imperative to get the buy-in of the grassroots to achieve the essence of the survey.
The chairman said, “I want to use this medium to appeal to traditional, religious and community leaders to support the NDHS by encouraging residents to come out and partake patiently in the areas where the exercise will take place.
“The survey is being done across the country, hence the appeal to ensure that Gombe State’s exercise comes out successful, in line with the essence of the survey.”
Kwarra explained that the primary objective of the survey is to provide up-to-date estimates of basic demographic and health indicators.
He said that the survey would be conducted in selected communities across the 11 local government areas of the state.
He assured Nigerians that the exercise would be conducted accurately to ensure quality data that would meet the aspirations of all stakeholders.
He said, “As we all know, the data we collect and analyse will not merely be numerical values; they will represent the health aspirations and challenges of our communities.
“Each one of us here, from researchers to administrators and policymakers, holds a critical role in ensuring the success of this survey.
“As we officially launch the 2023-24 NDHS, let’s bear in mind that the impact of our work transcends statistics. It extends to the lives of every individual, every family and every community in Nigeria.”
On his part, Mr. Adeleke Balogun, the Gombe State Coordinator, 2023 NDHS, Federal Ministry of Health, said that the survey would help enhance interventions that would improve the health sector and the well-being of citizens.
Balogun said the NDHS would also provide invaluable insights into healthcare needs that would enable the government to allocate resources and invest in initiatives that would promote the health and well-being of Nigerians.
He said that the NDHS aimed to collect information on fertility, awareness and use of family planning methods, nutritional status of women and children, maternal and child health, as well as adult and childhood mortality.