The National Population Commission (NPC) is conducting the Nigeria Demographic Health Survey on maternal health and women empowerment in Plateau State.
Plateau NPC State Director, Mrs. Felicia Mwolpun, told newsmen on Friday in Jos, that the survey began on Dec. 11, 2023, and would end on April 11, 2024.
Mwolpun said that the survey would be conducted in 39 randomly selected clusters across the 17 local government areas of the state.
The director said that 30 households in each cluster would be interviewed and eligible respondents would be administered a questionnaire.
“The NDHS is to collect high-quality data on fertility levels, awareness and use of family planning methods, maternal and child health, as well as childhood mortality.
“Data will also be collected on child immunisation, breastfeeding and young child feeding practices and nutritional status of women and children.
“The survey will also gather information on women empowerment, domestic violence, female genital mutilation, fistula, prevalence of malaria awareness and behaviour regarding HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections,” she listed.
Mwolpun said that the survey was to also assess factors that impacted maternal and neonatal health, including antenatal and delivery care, and treatment of pregnancy-related conditions.
According to her, another aim of the survey is to assess the nutritional status of women between the ages of 15 to 49, and children aged 0-59 months, to estimate the prevalence of anemia.
She further stated that the survey would provide information to address the evaluation needs of maternal and child health and family planning programmes for evidence-based planning.
Dr. Moses Agada, Plateau Coordinator of NDHS, said that NPC personnel were well-trained to carry out the assignment.
Agada explained that countries that were yet to conduct a census often used a Demographic Health Survey (DHS) to plan.
The coordinator said that DHS is currently conducted in more than 100 countries globally. “So nationally, we have 1400 clusters that we are covering across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
“Now, disaggregating the 1400 clusters, we have 700 urban clusters.
“And then we have 699 rural clusters, and each of these clusters of 30 households was selected,” Agada explained.
SOURCE: Punch Healthwise