The survey is to get information on the demographic and health status of Nigeria.
The National Population Commission, NPC, has commenced the field work for the 2013 National Demographic and Health Survey, NDH, the Chairman, Festus Odimegwu, said on Friday.
Mr. Odimegwu, represented by Abiodun Owolabi, the Lagos State Director of the NPC, announced the activity at a news conference in Lagos, saying the survey was conducted last in 1990, 1999, 2003 and 2008.
He said the survey is designed to provide information on the demographic and health status of the Nigerian population.
“It will provide detailed information on the levels and trend of fertility, family planning, maternal and child health as well as STIs, HIV and AIDS in the country.
“Also, it is to measure the level of contraceptive knowledge and practise among rural and urban population in each of the six geopolitical zones and the Federal Capital Territory.
“It will capture data on determinants of fertility, reproductive health of women, adult male and female mortality and to assess the food security of children under age of five and women,” he said.
Mr. Odimegwu said that the survey would be conducted in randomly selected 40, 680 households in the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory.
He said only women and men within the ages of 15 and 49 years will be interviewed in the selected households.
He added that the field work would last four months from February15 till May 30.
“Lagos represents the South-West; Imo represents South-East, Akwa Ibom represents South-South; Nassarawa and FCT represent North-Central; Gombe represents North-East and Jigawa to represent North-West.
“The survey for all other states will start on Feb. 24,” he said.
Mr. Odimegwu said 312 data collectors had been trained for the survey, while household listing and designing of questionnaire had been concluded to ensure smooth, accurate and reliable survey.
He, however, appealed to Nigerians to cooperate with the interviewers by providing truthful answers to questions to ensure successful conduct of the survey.