During the Reproductive Health Survey, COVID-19 Protocols are being observed.

All COVID-19 protocols are being followed during the data collection for the 2021 Reproductive Health Survey, according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN).

The collection of data began in August and will conclude in December.

Head of the Special Projects Unit, Surveys Division at STATIN, Philone Mantock, said that all interviewers and supervisors have been issued with personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, face shields, and hand sanitizers, at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ at the Agency’s head office in Kingston.

“They’ve been told they have to follow the protocols… You don’t conduct the interview in the respondent’s home. It’s usually near the gate,” Ms. Mantock explained.

Because of the sensitive nature of the information sought, she stated that interviews are conducted in private.

“So it’s not a group,” says the narrator. It’s one-on-one, and they keep a distance of at least three to six feet between them,” she added.

Ms. Mantock also pointed out that, depending on how the sample is chosen, a respondent’s neighbor would not be included.

“We don’t ask the interviewer to force them to answer,” she said if a respondent is uncomfortable doing the interview because of COVID-19.

“They have a supervisor in cases where the interviewer is unsure how to handle it… If the supervisor is unsure about a situation, they can call the head office and speak with the various departments, and we’ll figure out the best course of action,” Ms. Mantock added.

STATIN is conducting the poll on behalf of the National Family Planning Board. It consists of two separate samples, each of which includes males and females between the ages of 15 and 49.

During the data collection period, a total of 11,080 homes will be visited across all parishes.

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