NPC restates commitment to successful NDHS conduct

The National Population Commission (NPC) has restated its commitment towards a successful conduct of the planned 2023-24 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) exercise

Its Cross River state director, Mr. Stanley Itam, who addressed newsmen in Calabar on Friday, said the survey was designed to provide invaluable data for population and health monitoring in the country.

He said with the survey expected to play a vital role in shaping policies and programmes related to health care and the overall well-being of the Nigerian population, the Commission would put all modalities in place to ensure “it succeeds.”

“As preparations for the NDHS continue, the NPC and its partners are committed to executing a successful survey.

“By strengthening the nation’s capacity for data collection and analysis, Nigeria can accelerate progress towards achieving its development goals, including improved healthcare access and outcomes for all its citizens,” he said.

Itam stressed the importance of strengthening the country’s capacity for data collection, analysis, and utilisation, adding, “By enhancing national ownership of the process, the country can effectively address demographic and health-related social needs.”

He said, “The training of mappers, listers, and interviewers is a crucial part of the NDHS exercise, and it will serve as a framework for the survey. The main objective of the NDHS is to emphasise the need to gather high-quality data on various vital indicators.

“Such data include fertility rates, maternal and child health, contraceptive use, childhood mortality, gender-based issues, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS awareness.

“The data collected through the NDHS will be instrumental in supporting and evaluating child health and family planning programmes. It will enable evidence-based planning and resource allocation, ensuring that policies and interventions are targeted and effective.

“Additionally, the timely dissemination of results will provide valuable insights to programme managers and policymakers across the country.”