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CSO releases socio-demographic survey of Parwan, Kapisa

By Akhtar M. Nikzad-KABUL: The Central Statistics Organization (CSO) released the preliminary results of “Socio-Demography and Economic Survey” (SDES) of Parwan and Kapisa provinces.

The survey was launched with technical support of the united Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and financial support of Japan last year and the process took four months.

The survey provides fresh data and figures about economical situation, population, education, gender, unemployment, births, mortality, access to drinkable water, health services and other social indicators.

Acting Chief of the CSO, Shir Mohammad Jamizada, in a joint press conference on Sunday said the survey was conducted by around 2,097 local pollsters, both in Parwan and Kapisa provinces.

He said the SDES survey covered around 50% population in rural and urban areas of the two provinces.

According to him this is the only survey which provides some sufficient data and pictures to relevant governmental organizations to execute their development plans in accurate manners in the areas.

Regarding challenges, he said that insecurity in some remote districts was the major problem in front of the pollsters.

Based on findings of survey, 51% of total population in Parwan is male while 49% is female. Likewise, 50.5% of Kapisa population is male and 49.5% is female. The largest portion of the population in the two provinces comprises from a group of 17 years old (young population).

According to the survey results, in the past two years around 17.5% newborns died in Parwan province due to different reasons. Number of newborns mortality in Kapisa was 15.4% in the last two years.

The deputy governor of Parwan, Shah Wali Shahid, some irresponsible armed individuals in remote areas of the province strived hard to hamper the survey. The survey covered 80% areas of the province, he said, adding that 20% of the area, where the survey could not be conducted, was insecure.

Representative of the UNFPA, Annette Sachs, said the result of survey in the two provinces provided interesting pattern for government to enforce its development plans, education program and policy.

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