Clarion call made for stabilizing State's population
Nagaland along with the rest of the country today observed World Population Day under the theme, “Small family - the basis of happiness.” The observance of the day aims to propagate its efforts to stabilize the population of the country. Nagaland contributes 0.16% to India’s total population, and ranks 25th in the total population among Indian states and UTs.
According to 2011 provisional population totals, Nagaland has a total population of 1980602, comprising of 1025707 males and 954895 females. In the state capital, minister for health & family welfare, Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu termed population stabilization as the key towards attaining the National Socio-Demographic Goals as envisaged in the National Population Policy 2000. “For achieving the population stabilization as envisaged by National Population Policy (NPP), comprehensive strategies aimed at convergence of service delivery at the village level for basic health care, family planning and maternal and child health related services and empowerment of women for accessing health and nutrition services and promotion of “Male Participation” in Family Planning are being implemented as components of the State Programme Implementation Plan (PIP) under NRHM”, he said.
Age of marriage, he said, has far reaching consequences on fertility rates, child bearing and other health issues such as infant and maternal morality. He further maintained that maternal mortality is usually high in states, where fertility is high, incidences of teenage pregnancy is high and women have frequent pregnancies. Therefore, he said, family planning can play a very effective role in the betterment of health of the mother and child, apart from population stabilization.
Stating that India is the second most populous country in the world and at the current rates of growth; the population will exceed that of China by the year 2030, the minister said to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth, there is an urgent need to reduce the growth rates substantially and stabilize the population of the country.
The minister further urged all to play an active role in motivating people toward delayed marriage, delay in first pregnancy, adequate spacing between deliveries and adoption of small family norm while maintaining that these measures will help not only their own well being but also in ushering in a more prosperous country.
Dr. Atoshe Kibami, HOD Obs & Gyneocology, NHAK also spoke on the topic “Small family-the basis of happiness” while Family Planning of India, Nagaland Branch president &CEC member FPA India, Sarah Nuh delivered welcome address.
Mon: The World Population Day was observed today at Mon with the Deputy Commissioner, Mon, Angau. I. Thou as Chief Guest. Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest outlined the vision for a global population size is to provide-“a good standard of living for all, healthy environment and environmental sustainability. “We should work towards a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every child birth is safe and every growing person’s potential is fulfilled”, iterated the Deputy Commissioner, Mon. Angau Thou added that reproductive health problems still remains the leading cause of all health problems and deaths for women of child bearing age worldwide. “Some 222 million women who would like to avoid or delay pregnancy lack access to affective planning; nearly 800 women die every day in the process of giving life and about 1.8 billion young people are entering their reproductive age without the knowledge, skills and services to protect themselves” she stated adding that with the increasing pressure on environment and the personal and policy choices we make will determine the trend of future population rise.
Phek: The Phek District Health Society observed World Population Day at CMO Conference hall. The function was graced by Bodeno S. Colo ADC Phek. Speaking on the occasion she stated that in order to advocate the need for smaller families for increased opportunities, better social and economic development all young and old, Govt. and NGO’s, Church leaders and students should actively participate and create awareness in the society. Reiterating on the occasion she urged to all the stakeholders to be more liable and focused in upbringing the better education and facilities to the societies. Meanwhile, the speaker Dr. Azo, Gynaecologist speaking under the theme, stressed that in order to have a safe, secure and healthy life in future it’s better to plan our family for a better tomorrow. He further appended that big family confront hardship and the quality of life is compromised with regard to health, education, food and shelter etc. he further added to have a small happy family different methods are available in all district hospital in the state both temporary and permanent method free of charge.
Zunheboto: Zunheboto district also observed World population at Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO) office, organized by District Health Society Zunheboto, with K. S Anden Konyak, Deputy Commissioner, Zunheboto as chief guest. K. S Anden Konyak, Deputy Commissioner, Zunheboto in his speech encouraged the people to opt for small family, he also expresses his concern that quality was a matter of concern in this fast growing world and said that resources are limited so we need to control our population. Dr. G. Hokishe Sema, CMO, Zunheboto, spoke on the theme and exhorted that with the advancement we should think about the socio- economic impact in our present context and emphasize on small family norm and quality life. CMO also informed that advocacy and awareness campaigns would be carried out in all the blocks and villages under Zunheboto district which would include exhibition of family planning methods, counseling of eligible couples for availing family planning services including awareness on HIV & AIDS, miking, poster campaign, and distribution of pamphlets and leaflets.
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