World Population day observed
IMPHAL | Jul 11 : As observed every year, the state level World population day was today observed at the directorate of family welfare services office, organized by state health society under national health mission and directorate of family welfare services.
It was held under the theme “Family planning is human right”.
Director of family welfare services, Dr. K. Rajo attended the function as chief guest and he highlighted the history of world population day. The need for observance of this day was felt when the world population crossed 5 billion in 1987. The governing council of the United Nations’ Development Programme made it a serious concern to combat the increasing world population, he said.
However the World Health Organization (WHO) does not give clear restrictions with the number of giving birth, he asserted. It only meant to bear child according to the limitation of the family. He also mentioned that the ultimate aim of WHO is to provide and maintain good health of the mother and the child.
Maternal reproductive health, proper spacing between births, use of contraceptives are some of the important points that needed to be kept in mind. Rajo also stated that early marriage can lead to many complicacies. Therefore, delayed pregnancy is advised if it is early marriage, he added.
State mission director, Bandana Devi who attended the function as president, said there are provisions of reproductive health services, but they are not properly implemented in the state. India is the second most populated country in the world after China, but China has better resources as compared to India, and therefore has stabilized population.
She supplemented with the speech of Dr.Rajo that education department is also a very important aspect that needs to be focused. The age group from 15-19 mostly are in schools and it will be good if education department is also involved in the awareness drive to control population. It will be also better if sex education is included in the curriculum of the syllabus so that the target age group would be more aware of reproductive health stabilization, pregnancy spacing and sexually transmitted diseases among others.
The function was also attended by additional director of health services, Dr. H. Ranjit Singh as guest of honour.
As part of the observance the students of Nursing School of Family Welfare took out a mass rally from family welfare department to BT road.
The day was also observed today at the DHS conference hall of CMO Thoubal, jointly organised by district Health Society Thoubal and district Family Welfare Bureau
The occasion was attended by chairperson, DHS Thoubal, DC, Thoubal district, Hoabam Rosita as chief guest, CMO, Thoubal, Dr. N. Jayentakumar as president while district family welfare officer, Thoubal, Ksh. Memcha and DSWO, Kakching N. Nilakanta as guests of honour.
The speakers at the occasion stressed upon the impacts of increasing population in the world and about the necessity to make the schemes provided by the government for family planning and population control, available to the public.
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