Literacy must to overcome overpopulation: Zeba Sattar

Islamabad—Director of the Population Council, Dr. Zeba A. Sattar on Monday termed illiteracy as one of the main factors for overpopulation and said “the only way to control birth rate is to to educate the girls”.
While talking to media on ‘World Population Day’ she said quality of population is more important than the numbers. “We should focus on our existing population and provide the people health and education services and opportunities to learn technical skills”, she added.
She said that this slogan would help promote awareness among couples to have two children for the sake of having healthy nation.
If Pakistan is to increase the prevalence of contraception, huge effort and commitment are required both programmatically and financially at the provincial level,” Dr Zeba Sathar, the country director of the Population Council Pakistan, said.
Zeba Sattar said Pakistan was the first country in Asia to introduce a comprehensive population control program which was followed by a number of countries and after implementing the program, they succeeded in controlling population growth in their respective countries but Pakistan did not gave importance to the program.
“The high percentage of youngsters will not be of any advantage to the country unless they are well educated,” she urged.
“Family welfare and planning is not just government’s work. It is community involvement. Government gives services and community leaders bring awareness among masses through media campaigns”, she said.
Doctors and members of the health fraternity sought the help of religious leaders in spreading awareness among masses for the need to adopt family planning, she added.
She informed now men seem concerned about their fertility intentions and practices due to the financial challenges of raising large families, and this concern has not only increased spousal communication about family size and contraceptive use but also encouraged them to practice family planning.
While regretted she said that 14,000 women die every year in Pakistan due to pregnancy-related causes, she said added that such needless, tragic deaths can be prevented if suitable measures are taken.—APP

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