By James Shim
The Benue State office of the National Population Commission, NPC, has flagged- off the 2023- 2024 Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS).
The Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission, NPC, Barr Mrs Patricia Kupchi announced this in a press briefing at the state office of the Commission in Makurdi on Monday.
Barr Mrs Kupchi said the objectives of the 2023-24 NDHS are to gather high-quality data on a wide range of vital indicators, including fertility rates, maternal and child health, contraceptive use, childhood mortality, gender – related issues, nutrition, HIV/AIDS awareness, among others.
She said it will also provide data supporting evaluation needs of maternal and child health and family planning Programmes, enabling evidence-based planning and resource allocation and to produce timely results and ensure wide data dissemination, informing programme managers and policy makers.
According to the Commissioner, the survey will equally strengthen Nigeria’s capacity for data collection, analysis and utilization, enhancing national ownership of the process, and strengthen national capacities by using collected data to identify demographic and health related basic social needs, develop equitable growth strategies, address social poverty, and align with national development strategies.
The Commissioner said the survey is being conducted in 19 out of the 23 local governments areas of the State exception of Gwer West, Tarka, Ohimini and Agatu.
She stated that “As we launch this survey in Benue State, we reiterate our commitment to upholding the same high standards of excellence and precision that have defined the NDHS over the years”.
“The primary responsibility of the National Population Commission as contained in the third schedule of the 1999 Constitution as amended is to provide demographic data for planning and development purposes through the conduct of periodic censuses and surveys” she further explained.
The Commissioner who was represented by the State Director, Christopher Tarkumbur Nege acknowledged with special appreciation the contributions of partners particularly in the communication industry towards the successful execution of their programmes and sued for greater synergy.
In a vote of thanks the State Director, NDHS, Mrs Onuminya Ojobi said NPC was into activities that will benefit the nation and needed partnership to deliver.
She therefore called on the media to sustain collaboration for the good of the nation and interest of all.
Mrs Ojobi said the survey would be the largest in the country, adding that NPC office has data available for public use in very many areas including research and development.