President for sensitizing masses on population growth

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Expressing concern over the constant population growth and the meagre resources available in Pakistan, the government is exercising its all options to sensitize general public on negative implications of population growth not only on human health especially of mother and child but also on economic as well as social life of people.

According to the latest statistics, Pakistan is the 5th most populous country in the world, despite only being the 33rd largest in size, while its huge population is constantly eating up national resources threatening the national life especially provision of sufficient healthcare as well as quality education, job opportunities, climate change, depleting water sources and even our national security.

On the occasion of the World Population Day marked on July 11 across the world including Pakistan, President Dr. Arif Alvi in his message referred to the national meagre resources and called for raising awareness among the masses about the importance of containing population growth rate as it would lead to ensuring better healthcare, stable economy as well as sustainable social life.

He said that the World Population Day focuses attention on global demographic issues including poverty, gender equality, maternal health, hunger, economy, climate change and human rights. The president cautioned that if we don’t make a serious change, this population is likely to double in next 30 years.

The data shows that the maternal mortality ratio in Pakistan stands at 186 deaths per 100,000 live births. The need for family planning is staggeringly high in Pakistan. The grassroots challenges are present such as misperceptions, lack of trained health staff, communication gap between the partners, and others. To make a real difference in this area and normalize family planning amongst the masses, we need to design and execute behaviour change campaigns through use of media tools that reach out to everyone across the board, including rural and most marginalized communities.—NNI

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