BHAKKAR: Every citizen will have to play his or her role in disseminating the national message of depopulating the region, said Lahore Population Welfare Training Institute’s senior instructor Khalil Ahmed Rabbani.
He was addressing an awareness seminar titled “Making Family is The Right of Each Family Member” as a chief guest. The event was organised at the Population Welfare Department in Bhakkar on Saturday.
The objective of the seminar was to increase public awareness on the problems of an ever-increasing population and the economic and social issues stemming from it. The event also aimed to create awareness about the rights of each family member in family planning so that having a smaller family can be popularised in order to strike a balance between population and resources.
Rabbani said: “The objective of rapid national progress can be attained by keeping the population percentage to the lowest level.” The instructor and other speakers also shed light on the issue of child marriages, the need for giving special attention to the education of children, the benefits of breastfeeding instead of formula milk and the health benefits of a three-year birth gap for the betterment of mother and child.
The officers of the training institute informed the attendees that 38 family welfare centres, 73 community based family planning workers, 29 social male mobilizers, three family health clinics and four family health mobile units are currently rendering services for the implementation of the Punjab government’s population welfare programme.
Speaking on the occasion, the officer said, “An increasing population is a national issue. If we compare our populations with that of countries like Bangladesh, Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Indonesia, we will realise that special attention needs to be paid to education and particularly women’s education to control the population.”
The desired targets of economic development in the country can be achieved by controlling the population, he said. Maintaining a balance between the population and resources of the country for national progress and prosperity is the need of the hour, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 16th, 2019.