Jiwaka to conduct national demographic, health survey


JIWAKA is taking the national demographic and health survey 2016 seriously because, as a new province, baseline health data is crucial in its development.
“Funds are not yet made available but we can’t wait,” provincial survey coordinator Thaddeus Turi Kinah told The National yesterday.
“We have a set target to complete the data collection exercise within the timeframe of 90 days as set by the National Statistical Office.”
Kinah appealed to people in the province to cooperate with officials who will be visiting their homes to collect the health information.
He said personal health information was needed by the Government to know the health status of the people.
Kinah said the health data in Jiwaka was old based on the 2006 survey.
“We don’t know how many mothers are dying in Jimi during childbirth. We don’t know the exact number of people living with HIV, the infant mortality rate etc,” he said.
“We must know the health status of Jiwaka.
“Where we are at the moment. Are we progressing or declining in our health indicators?”

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