Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has on Monday pleaded with farm owners, residents in suburbs and informal settlements to welcome and allow its fieldworkers access to their properties to conduct a health survey.
The organisation said its fieldworkers found it difficult to work due to a lack of cooperation from residents and farm owners.
“Fieldworkers are experiencing challenges in some areas in the country, which is delaying the completion of data collection for the survey. Most of the areas in which fieldworkers find themselves not welcome are farming communities and high-walled suburban areas,” Statistics SA said in a statement.
“Some semi-urban and informal areas have also proven to be difficult for fieldwork, as a result of refusals to be surveyed and inaccessibility. These include Khayelitsha, in Western Cape, and Harry Gwala, in Free State.”
Information collected by fieldworkers would be used to make key public health decisions and policies, the organisation said.
“It is critical that the South African Demographic and Health Survey 2016 receives a high response rate. On completion, the survey will enable Stats SA to compile estimates on child and maternal mortality, fertility rates, and the prevalence of conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, among others.”
– Africa News Agency (ANA)