Achievement of sustainable population growth urged

Rafiullah Mandokhail

Member Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services Regulations and Coordination Senator Dr. Zarqa Suhrawardi Taimur has said that the government was committed to take all stakeholders on board including religious leaders, media and the young people to achieve sustainable population growth.

She was speaking at a meeting organized by the Population Council to mark World Population Day with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The meeting was also attended by Senator Walid Iqbal, civil society representatives, reproductive health experts, members from the academia and the media. Every year, July 11 marks the commemoration of World Population Day.

This year’s theme of World Population Day is “Rights and choices are the answer: Whether baby boom or bust, the solution to shifting fertility rates lies in prioritizing the reproductive health and rights of all people.”

Speaking on the Occasion, Senator Walid Iqbal said that the population issue is now being given due consideration and there was a cross party consensus on dealing with it.

“Seven million married couples in Pakistan want to space their families but are unable to do so due to lack of access to family planning services. Right to family planning is essential part of right to human dignity.”

He reiterated government’s sustained efforts to raise awareness and reduce rapid population growth rate in the country to sustainable levels so that the well-being of all its citizens as guaranteed in the constitution can be ensured. He said that reproductive health rights are inextricably linked with human rights.

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