State observes World Population Day; Libang advocates small family for prosperity

State observes World Population Day; Libang advocates small family for prosperity

ITANAGAR, Jul 11: Going with the rest of the globe, Arunachal Pradesh today observed the World Population Day – a United Nations’ initiative to spread awareness on population issues – with a slew of programmes across the state. With the global theme of the Day being “Family Planning is a Human Right”, the theme of the programme here was “Ek sarthak kal ki shuruwat, Parivar niyojan ke sath”.

Gracing the World Population Day function at Vivekananda Hall of RK Mission Hospital here, Health & Family Welfare Minister Alo Libang advocated for having small families which could serve as a springboard for giving future generations the chance of greater prosperity.

“Small family has many advantages. It’s key to prosperous life and can provide high quality education to the children and can avail a better and healthy life in the society thus producing worthy citizens for the country,” said Libang, in his address to the gathering.

He further said, it is high time to introspect the growth of the world population. Due to population explosion, there has been alarming demographic trends which is harmful for the ecological balance. Now, population is increasing faster than the socio-economic development of the people, he remarked.

The Minister exhorted the young participants including students to contribute through concerted actions and responsibility to spread awareness about the benefits of small family so that people grow in quality, not in numbers.

Special Secretary, Health & Family Welfare cum Mission Director (NHM) Dr Tapasya Raghav said that quality of life is affected due to rapid growth in population. For a healthy society, there should be quality education, health, upbringing and all should get decent food. These are possible only through small family.

Small family also helps in empowering women. They have more time to pursue their field of interest instead of becoming a child bearing machine, she observed.

While informing that our country has very low human development index in terms of education, health, etc, the Special Secretary said the message of adopting the small family norms should be carried forward to the masses which can be a game changer.

Director of Family Welfare, Dr Kabang Lego, while welcoming all informed that the Day is celebrated to bring awareness about population growth and its related issues. The program is organised to sensitize people about global population issues and to educate on the need for population stabilization.

A small family helps in providing good rearing, good education and health, good environment etc. It also creates atmosphere for equal status for boys and girls, said Dr Lego. Overpopulation is detrimental to societal growth and development, the Director noted and appealed the youths and students who consist of the major chunk of the society to pass the message and create awareness about the benefits of the small family.

Messages of the benefits of small family were highlighted through film and puppet shows. Earlier in the morning, the Minister flagged off a rally involving school students, staff and members of Bullet Club from IG Park Tennis Court to Vivekananda Hall of RKMH here.

Yupia: World Population Day was celebrated at CHC, Kimin and Doimukh in a befitting manner by District Health Society, Papum Pare.

SDO Kimin, J Padung while addressing on the occasion highlighted the importance World Population Day and said that this day aims to spread awareness among the people about the ever growing population globally and its control measures. He advised the people to take advantage of medical facilities being provided by Health Department to have a happy and small family.

District Medical Officer Dr Subu Tasso Kampu called upon the people to adopt “Hum Do Hamare Do” – two child norms for a better life and exhorted all to avail the full benefit of contraceptives method. Further, she directed all medical officers, staffs, ASHAs and Aganwadi workers to generate more awareness on importance of family planning including birth spacing among the people in remote areas of the district.

To mark the day, a procession was also carried out from Kimin market complex to CHC Kimin with participants engaging on slogan-shouting on combating the growing population. Medical officers, staffs, ASHAs, AWWs, GBs, school children and general public attended the programme. At Doimukh also, the Day was observed under the leadership of SDO Doimukh Ibom Tao and MO in-charge Dr Lobsang Chuki.

ROING: The World Population Day 2018 was also observed at Roing, Lower Dibang Valley district together with launching of Population Stabilization Fortnight (July 11 to 24) under the chairmanship of DMO Dr R Tatan.

DRCHO Dr R Mena explained about the free services available in all the health institutions and both permanent and temporary methods of population control provided by the department to the community. He emphasized on full immunization of children and importance of ANC check-up for mothers.

Dr Mena also emphasized on proper education and awareness being essential to check population growth and for all round development of the family and society. DMEIO Dilip Deb also spoke on the occasion.

PASIGHAT: The World Population Day was observed in all the health centres of East Siang district with the theme “Family Planning is Human Right”.

To mark the Day, a mass rally was flagged off by Jt DHS Dr D Raina in the premises of Bakin Pertin General Hospital, Pasighat. During the World Population Stabilisation Fortnight till July 24, various family planning services will be provided along with other activities by the Health Department.

DMO Dr M Perme, Medical Superintendent, BPGH, Dr Y R Darang and DRCHO Dr T Gao among others were also present at the flag off progamme. The mass rally was participated by ANMs & GNMs, students of HTRC, Pasighat.



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