WINDHOEK, 20 MAY (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Health and Social Services will conduct a four-month Namibian Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) countrywide to support the monitoring and evaluation needs of the health sector.
Speaking at the launch of the survey here on Monday, the Director of Policy, Planning and Human Resources? Development in the Health Ministry Bertha Katjivena said the survey will be conducted at a cost of over N.dollars 20 million.
About 28 teams of 168 members will be deployed to all 13 regions of the country from Tuesday this week to interview more than 16 500 people.
?It is expected that the survey will yield estimates of key indicators by regions and urban, rural and selected demographic and socio-economic groups,? she noted.
Katjivena emphasised that the survey will include the collection of samples for anaemia among women and men aged 15 to 64, as well as young children between 6 and 59 months, as well as HIV prevalence amongst women and men between the ages of 15 to 64.
?The survey results will further assist us in proposing some strategic directions in terms of specific programmes/projects to continue improving healthcare service provision in Namibia, as well as addressing the areas where we did not perform well,? she added.
Katjivena thus urged all Namibians to support this survey through cooperation with the NDHS teams in their regions, districts and villages, and to provide the information required.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Andrew Ndishishi said the collection of data will be helpful for planning in the ministry as it just launched its five-year strategic plan recently.
?We anticipate that the data will help to finalise planning, help in the implementation of the National Development Plan Four (NDP4) and improve the state of health in the country,? he stated.
Ndishishi said the ministry faces numerous challenges, which include the re-emerging of diseases, while new diseases emerging need to be attended to.