Statistical Service to begin nationwide health survey on October 17

Ghana Statistical Service (GSS)  announced the commencement of a survey of some 18,000 households starting October 17.

The nationwide survey is to gather information on the health status of the citizenry in relation to their age brackets.

Known as the Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (GDHS), it will sample the views of scientifically identified populations for information on their health status, age brackets, nutrition, immunisation, maternal health, among others.

Views of a total of 13,577 women and 5,812 men of reproductive age from 18,540 households across the country are expected to be sampled.

The survey, which will be the seventh, after the last one was conducted in 2014, is estimated to cost $4.2 million.

More than 200 enumerators and officers will gather data from the field until January 24, 2023, taking into consideration the Christmas and the New Year festivities and holidays.

The GDHS is a population and health-related survey to guide the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on interventions to solve challenges.

It cuts across maternal and child health, malaria, vaccination, fertility, family planning, nutrition status of mothers and children, child marriage, water and sanitation, toilet facilities, salt consumption, among others.

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