NPC begins 2019 VASA survey in Gombe, solicits stakeholders’ support


ABUBAKAR Danburam, Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission (NPC) has solicited the support of stakeholders for the 2019 Verbal and Social Autopsy (VASA) survey in Gombe state.

Danburam, who made call during news briefing on Friday in Gombe, also solicited the support of the media to take the message to nooks and crannies of the country for a successful exercise.

He said the objective of the survey include the provision of up-to-date information on early childhood mortality rate in the state and country at large.

Danburam said that under-five mortality in Nigeria is very high with an average of 132 deaths per 1,000 birth.

“This, therefore, bring us to the imperativeness of generating reliable data on the causes and determinants of neonatal, infant and child mortality in Nigeria.

“I am very optimistic that the data will be used by policy makers and other stakeholders to formulate policies, design and implement programme that will go a long way in reducing under-five mortality,” he said.

He said the commission was prepared and committed to generate the data before Dec. 18, to aid planning and sustainable development.

The commissioner said that all necessary steps had been put in place to ensure successful implementation of the survey.

“There will be two sets of interview teams on the field.

“The quantitative team will focus more on response from caregivers in the households while qualitative team will focus on in-depth interviews within the community, in addition to household interview.” (NAN)

– Nov. 22, 2019 @ 16:52 GMT |

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