NPC Partners Related Agencies For 8th Demographic And Health Survey In Abia

...Appeals To Abians In Selected Communities To Provide Needed Data

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The Abia State National Population Commission, NPC has spearheaded the implementation of the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey

in close collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, and key partners in over three decades.

The Abia State Director of NPC, Juliana Ada Ezebuiro, made the revelation at the NPC,Umuahia office during a press conference to sensitize Abia residents on the relevance of the Demographic and Health Survey for 2023-2024.
She expressed the NPC readiness to have quality data from the 2023-24 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey, NDHS.

The Director of the National Population Commission (NPC) appealed to members of different communities selected for the 8th National Demographic Health Survey to cooperate with its data collectors by providing answers to all needed questions.

She,however,reiterated that the survey, which is used to gather the demographic and health data of the people, is analyzed and then sent to the Federal government and other key partners, for quality healthcare policies and implementation.

Ezebuiro begged Abians, especially those in rural communities, to provide the needed information to NPC data collectors, saying that the program is designed for their utmost good.

Lady Ezebuiro stressed that the impact of the survey, which would be held in 16 out of the 17 LGAs of the state, would be felt in every LGA.

Lady Ezebuiro restated that the survey has been instrumental in providing invaluable insights that inform evidence-based policies, enhance public health interventions, and contribute to the broader development agenda of the nation.

She, therefore, urged the public to cooperate and give necessary support to the field workers who would be deployed to various locations and areas in the state for data collection.

According to her, the program symbolizes the whole total of strategic planning, collaborative efforts, and unwavering commitment from all participating stakeholders.

Presenting his address, a South East Coordinator of NDHS, Mr Cyril Obike said the survey which would be held in 30 households in each selected cluster in Abia State, would be carried out by well-trained personnel from NPC and the Federal Ministry of Health.

In his own words, the programme is geared towards excellent data collection to expedite all-around development. “Collect high-quality data for policy formulation, program planning, and monitoring and evaluation,
Foster and reinforce country ownership of data collection, analysis, presentation, and use
Increase the capacity of the country to collect and use data for policy and program purposes. ”

Obike said the data on maternal and child mortality, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, primary healthcare accessibility etc, would be collected while anemia tests would also be run on women and children.

“Each selected household within a cluster will be visited
Information will be obtained about the household using the Household Questionnaire.
Women aged 15-49 years will be interviewed using the individual Woman’s Questionnaire.
“Men age 15-59 years will be interviewed using the individual Man’s Questionnaire. 1,400 clusters are selected from the sampling frame.  A household listing exercise is carried out to list all households in those 1,400 clusters.
From the household listing, 30 households are randomly selected in each cluster, “he said.
“Consists of:
–a cover sheet to identify the household
–a form on which all members of the household and visitors are listed
–a survey questionnaire
Collects information about:
–each person (e.g., name, sex, age, education, etc.)
–assets, land ownership, and housing characteristics
–sanitation, water, and other environmental health issues
•Selection of women for the additional modules (Domestic Violence)
•Salt iodine testing
Female
•Background characteristics
•Reproduction
•Contraception
•Pregnancy and postnatal care
•Child immunizations
•Child health and nutrition
•Marriage and sexual activity
•Fertility preferences
•Husband’s background and woman’s work
•HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
•Other health issues
•Adult and maternal mortality
•Female genital cutting
•Fistula
•SBCC
•Domestic violence
Male
•Background characteristics
•Reproduction
•Contraception
•Marriage and sexual activity
•Fertility preferences
•Employment and gender roles
•HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Other health issues
SBCC”.

The South East Coordinator, however, lamented that his office in the past faced frosty reception from some communities in Abia who didn’t really understand the importance of the survey.

He also appealed to community traditional rulers , youths and religious leaders to welcome and cooperate with the NPC data collectors, even as he assured them that no woman would be sexually assaulted by the NPC personnel.
“•Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and other sexual comments or actions that make the receiver feel offended or intimidated.
•This act will not be tolerated during the process of conducting the DHS.
•Anyone who feels that he or she has been the target of sexual harassment or who has witnessed an apparent incident of harassment should immediately report the incident to his or her supervisor, to the implementing agency, or to the survey manager.
•To avoid any  appearance of sexual harassment, individuals should be careful:
–To avoid unnecessary physical contact
–To avoid suggestive language
Should maintain a professional work climate at all times.”

Earlier in an address,the Abia state commissioner for Health , Dr Ngozi Okoronkwo, represented by the permanent secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Ifeyinwa Blossom Uma-Kalu stated that the present administration in the State led by Dr. Alex C. Otti is committed to making health care delivery very accessible, affordable, timely, and of good quality, to Abians.

“It is often times said that Data is the new currency and data analytics is the new Bank.  Likewise, Clive Humby, a Mathematician, in his perspective said that data is the new oil but if left unrefined, cannot be put to good use.  These expressions vividly highlight the importance of data collation and usage. Your mission in Abia State will set the stage for making critical decisions concerning Abia citizens, especially women and children.”

She thanked the National Population Commission and the Federal Ministry of Health for this welcome development adding that their mission in Abia State will set the stage for making critical decisions concerning Abia citizens, especially women, and children.
“I am particularly thrilled by the fact that this survey will provide data about fertility, family planning, child and maternal health, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and gender-related issues in our State.”

Dr Uma Kalu maintained that the state government is therefore looking forward to positive impacts that will be driven by the data generated through the survey.”
“Without data, these targets can not be measured appropriately. Your survey will paint the picture of some aspects of recent health demographics in Abia State. The government is, therefore, looking forward to the tangible outcomes of this process and the positive impacts that will be driven by the data generated through this all-important survey.”she maintained.