The inaugural session of the first phase of ‘State Level Training on Mapping and Listing Activity’ for the sixth round of National Family Health Survey (NFHS-6) was held at Diocesan Social Service Society, Mantripukhri, Imphal on Monday.
Mission director (NHM) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Roli Singh, mission director State Health Mission, Manipur Dr N Somorjit, executive director of Centre for Market Research and Social Development Manmath Kumar Mohanty along with local community leaders and civil society organization representatives were present during the inaugural event.
On the occasion, N Somorjit stated that NFHS-6 had been started in Manipur with the specific objective to provide essential data on health and family welfare. The data can aid the Central and state governments in policy formulation and also provide information on emerging health and family welfare issues in Manipur, he added.
He noted the vitality of collecting quality data during the survey and said that the future of Manipur’s health scenarios lies in the data collected by field investigators during the survey.
Somorjit further urged investigators to shed their biases and conduct the field survey with utmost loyalty.
It may be mentioned that the Ministry for Health and Family Welfare had designated Mumbai-based International Institute for Population Sciences as nodal agency to provide coordination and technical guidance for the survey. The institute had assigned Centre for Market Research and Social Development Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi as the field agency to conduct field work for NFHS-6 in the state of Manipur and Nagaland.
The NFHS is a large-scale, multi-round survey conducted in a representative sample of households throughout India and provides information on fertility, infant and child mortality, practice of family planning, maternal and child health, reproductive health, nutrition, utilization and quality of health and family planning services.