The Federal Ministry of Health and the National Population Commission have commenced the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS).
The survey began from August 15 and ends December 15 across the country.
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who was represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Abdulaziz Abdullahi at the official flag off in Abuja yesterday,said the survey was the sixth in the series of demographic and health surveys 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 conduct household sample surveys to monitor changes in population, health and nutrition. The last one in Nigeria was conducted in 2013.
40,567 women and 12,056 men will be interviewed. Unlike the previous exercises, the current one was designed with additional components on malaria and genotype testing.
The NDHS provides detailed information on the level and trends of fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, STIs and HIV/AIDS in the country. Addressing journalists in Abuja, on the commencement of the fieldwork for the survey, the minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said that the survey, which is the sixth in the series of DHS conducted in the county, is a five year periodic worldwide survey programme designed by USAID with support from other international donor organisations to assist countries in conducting household sample surveys to monitor changes in population, health and nutrition. Represented by the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Abdullahi, the minister said that the survey is also aimed at fostering and reinforcing host-country ownership of data collection, analysis, presentation, and use, even as it seeks to Increase the capacity of host-country partners to collect and use data for policy and programme implementation purposes. 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 53 clusters respectively. “The clusters are made up of 580 (41per cent) urban clusters with 17,310 households and 820 (59per cent) rural clusters with 24,690 households with each cluster having 30 households each. Expectedly, a total of 40,567 women and 12,056 men will be interviewed in this survey. Unlike the previous exercises, the 2018 NDHS has been designed with additional components on malaria and genotype testing.”