The National Population Commission (NPC) has concluded plans to conduct random household survey on demographic and health status of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) population.
This was disclosed by the FCT Commissioner, NPC, Alhaji Sani Sulaiman, at a media briefing for the 2013 Nigeria Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) in the FCT.
Sulaiman noted that the survey, which has already commenced from February 15 till May 30, is aimed to provide detailed information on the levels and trends of fertility, family planning, maternal and child health and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)/HIV and AIDS in the country.
He said that the NDHS 2013 will take place only in scientifically randomly selected 40,680 households in all states of federation and FCT and amongst men and women between 15-49 years age bracket.
He said: “The objectives are to collect data for the assessment of demographic rate particularly fertility, infant and child mortality at the National levels and also among the urban and rural population; and to gather information for the measurement of level, and among the urban and the rural population in each of the six geopolitical zones”.
“To collect data on the knowledge and attitudes of men and women about HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) as well as patterns of recent behaviours regarding condom use; and also data on the reproductive health of women-pre-natal visits, place of delivery, assistance during delivery, health of their children, breast feeding and supplementary feeding practices, immunisations and the prevalence of treatment of childhood diseases”, he added.
Sulaiman said that for the FCT, only eight staff members will be involved in conducting the interview within the duration, including one Supervisor and auditor with questions on demographic characteristics of respondents, reproductive and contraceptive history, maternal and child health, HIV and AIDs, female genital cutting, obstetric fistula, domestic violence and adult mortality.