National Population Commission NPC News Today: The National Population Commission (NPC) has reported that around 1845 homes are earmarked for the 2023-24 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) in Benue State.
During the survey’s official launch in Makurdi, Patricia Kupchi, the Federal Commissioner of the NPC, disclosed that although men would be interviewed between the ages of 15 and 59, women in every household would receive questionnaires.
Kupchi gave assurances that the Commission has put in place sufficient security measures and is aware of places that are vulnerable to attacks to protect its employees during the survey.
The Commissioner stated that four of the 23 Local Government Areas in Benue State were left out of the ongoing 2023–24 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) since it is a representative survey, on behalf of State Director NPC Christopher Nege.
The reason for the exclusion of Tarka, Gwer-west, Ohimini, and Agatu LGAs is attributed to the characteristics of the representative sample survey.
With your continued support and dedication, we will successfully navigate the challenges of data collection and analysis and come away with insights that will shape policies, advance progress, and improve lives, Kupchi said, expressing confidence in the support and dedication received.
Kupchi listed the goals of the 2023–24 NDHS, emphasizing the need to collect high-quality data on critical indicators like fertility rates, HIV/AIDS awareness, maternal and child health, contraceptive use, childhood mortality, gender-related issues, nutrition, and more.
The aforementioned goals encompass furnishing information to bolster the assessment requirements of family planning and maternal and child health initiatives, guaranteeing prompt outcomes and extensive distribution of data, and fortifying Nigeria’s ability to gather, evaluate, and use data.
To enable evidence-based planning and resource allocation, she stated, “To provide data supporting evaluation needs of maternal and child health and family planning programs.”
The objective is to enhance national ownership of the process by strengthening Nigeria’s capability for data collection, analysis, and utilization, as well as to generate results on time and guarantee widespread data dissemination, inform program managers and policymakers.
“To strengthen national capacities by addressing social poverty, developing equitable growth strategies, identifying demographic and health-related basic social needs, and aligning with national development strategies through the use of collected data.”
Even if these goals are broad, in his opinion, they are more than just words on paper. They stand for the way forward for a healthier, wealthier Nigeria that can better meet the specific requirements of its people, advance gender parity, enhance health outcomes, and lessen the burden of illness.