- The ministry of health has been given a donation of $11 million by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Isaac Adewole, the health minister, said that the fund is aimed at supporting a health survey supposed to be conducted by the Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS)
- Adewole revealed that the survey will run from Wednesday, August 15, to Saturday, December 15
In an effort to support the health survey to conducted by the Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated the sum of $11 million.
Commenting on the survey, Isaac Adewole, the minister of health in Abuja on Thursday, August 17, said it will be conducted by the ministry and the National Population Commission (NPC) between Wednesday, August 15, to Saturday, December 15, Premium Times reports.
Adewole, represented by Abdullziz Abdullahi, the permanent secretary of the ministry, said the survey will be held across the nation including the FCT.
Abdullahi remarked that the NDHS will generate data that will aid in achievement sustainable development goals.
He said: “The sample size for the 2018 NDHS consists of a total of 1,400 clusters (small geographically defined areas) with each state and FCT having 37 clusters with the exception of Lagos and Kano States which have 53 clusters respectively.
“The aim of the NDHS is to collect high-quality data for policy formulation, program planning, monitoring and evaluation.
“It is also aimed at fostering and reinforcing host-country ownership of data collection, analysis, presentation, and use”
He urged media operatives to give proper coverage for the success of the NDHS survey. He also appealed to the media to help in taking the message on the exercise across Nigeria “by rehashing the narrative of cooperation and ownership by the citizens.”
Still on the survey, the chairman of NPC, Eze DuruIheoma, remarked that the information obtained from the all-important exercise will be useful in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of intervention programmes.
DuruIheoma said: “The survey will take place in 42,000 scientifically randomly selected households in all the states of the federation ,and the Federal Capital territory. It is a nationally representative survey designed to provide information on the demographic and health status of the population.”
The acting mission director of USAID, Erin Holleran, said the survey will give firm answers about what has been done in the last five years and the areas to concentrate in order to make progress.
“We can take time to understand the data ,and then fully invest in improvement for the quality and coverage of key interventions to address excess morbidity and mortality,” he said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Ayuba Wabba, president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), had said that Adewole had no right to deny the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) members of their salaries.
Wabba said this while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after the union suspended its six weeks nationwide strike on Thursday, May 31 in Abuja.
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