NSO conducts national health survey

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Thursday, August 22, 2013


INTERVIEWERS from the National Statistics Office (NSO) are now going around the region for the 2013 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS).

This survey, the tenth in a series of national demographic surveys, aims to provide information on fertility, family planning and health in the country mainly for the use by the government in monitoring the progress of its programs on population, family planning and health.

NSO Cordillera Regional Director Olivia Gulla disclosed that the 2013 NDHS specifically aims to collect data which allow the estimation of demographic rates particularly fertility rates and under-five mortality rates by urban-rural residence and region, to analyze the direct and indirect factors which determine the level and patterns of fertility, and to measure the level of contraceptive knowledge and practice by method by urban-rural residence and by region.

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In addition, the survey also aims to determine the knowledge of women about Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and the extent of misconception on Human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV) transmission and access to HIV testing, as well as to determine the extent of violence against women.

For Cordillera, Gulla said that there are 38 enumeration areas across the region: five in Abra, 10 in Benguet, four in Ifugao, three in Kalinga, two in Apayao, five in Mountain Province and nine in Baguio City.

Data to be collected include data on health like immunizations, prenatal and postnatal check-ups, assistance at delivery, breastfeeding, and prevalence and treatment of diarrhea and acute respiratory infections among children below five years old; data on environmental health, utilization of health facilities, prevalence of common non-communicable and infectious diseases, and membership in Philippine Health Insurance Corp.; and awareness of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, dengue fever and tuberculosis.

In the Baguio-Benguet area, OIC Provincial Statistics Officer Camille Carla Beltran, said there will be two teams to conduct interviews on sample households. Each team is composed of one field editor and four field interviewers to be spearheaded by an NSO–Benguet provincial staff as team leader.

In Baguio City, the urban sample areas to be covered by NDHS are Bakakeng North, Fort Del Pilar, Irisan, Pinget and Bayan Park Village, while the NDHS rural sample areas are Cabinet Hill-Teacher’s Camp, Lucnab, Santo Rosario and Manuel A. Roxas.

In Benguet, the urban sample areas are Tuding in Itogon, Balili and Pico in La Trinidad, Balili in Mankayan and Tadiangan in Tuba. The rural sample areas are Karao, Bokod; Sebang, Buguias; Taba-ao, Kapangan; Poblacion, Mankayan and Ambassador, Tublay. (Carlito Dar)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 23, 2013.

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