15 February 2013

Nigeria: Npc Begins 2013 Demographic, Health Survey

Abuja — The National Population Commission (NPC) has commenced the fieldwork for the 2013 Demographic and Health Survey to provide data for effective management of the population.

The survey, which holds once in five years is to collect data for the assessment of demographic rates particularly fertility, infant and child mortality at the national level and also among urban and rural populations.

The Chairman of NPC, Chief Festus Odimegwu, while briefing journalists in Abuja yesterday, said the survey would be conducted in 40,680 randomly selected households for women and men in the 15 to 49 years age bracket.

The survey is expected to end on May 30, 2013.

Odimegwu, who was represented by the commissioner representing Enugu, Dr. Festus Uzor, added that it would also provide data on the knowledge and attitude about HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases as well as patterns of behaviour regarding condom use.

"...To assess the food security of children under the age of five and women within the age bracket of 15 to 49 years by means of weights and heights measurements...," he said.

Odimegwu noted that adequate enlightenment of the populace is critical to the success and smooth conduct of the exercise.

"As Nigeria strives to achieve the MDGs, there are lingering social and health challenges militating against their attainment...the 2013 NDHS will provide the necessary data that will aid evidence based programmes to combat these challenges," he added.

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