The National Population Commission (NPC) has commenced the 2018 demographic and health survey in eight Local Council Areas of Bayelsa State.The commission said the exercise was to gather high quality data for policy formulation, programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.

The Federal Commissioner representing the state at the NPC, Mrs. Gloria Izonfuo, who made this known in Yenagoa, said the 2018 NDHS consists of 35 clusters made up of 1,050 households in the council areas.

The survey, she disclosed, will ensure the collection of high quality data on fertility levels and preferences, contraceptive use, maternal and child health, infant and neonatal mortality level.

Others include maternal mortality, violence against women, gender, immunisation, nutrition, breastfeeding, awareness on HIV/AIDS and other indicators relevant for sustainable Development Goals.

She said unlike past surveys, this was designed with additional component on malaria and genotype testing.The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Markson-Iworiso, expressed concern over the population boom in the country, declaring that the development “is a looming disaster.”

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