27,244 people adopt permanent birth control method in Rajshahi

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RAJSHAHI, Feb 27, 2019 (BSS) – Some 27,244 fertile people including
21,702 women have adopted permanent birth control method in eight districts
under Rajshahi division during last one and half years till December last.

According to the official sources concerned, 45,042 women used intra
uterine device (IUD) and 1,01,163 other women received implants as long-term
birth control method during the same period.

Talking to BSS, Shafiqul Islam, Divisional Director of Department of
Family Planning, here said there are also achievements in providing services
of temporary contraceptives.

He said 5,27,654 injections and 13,33,989 oral pills were given to the
targeted women side by side with distributing 1,81,197 condoms among the
enlisted males.

Ferdousi Begum, 30, wife of a van-puller Aktar Hossain, said they have
been living in Chowbaria under Paba Upazila over the last 12 years. “We
expected a male child very much and have four daughters and one son,” she
said.

Ferdousi said now she understands what a fault it was for them to have
more than one child as they fail to provide them with necessary food and
medical services.

Population in the slum areas is decreasing day by day due to diversified
interventions and available of family planning and adequate reproductive
services.

Shafiqul Islam said the population and reproductive growth rates have
been decreased to 1.25 percent and 2.1 percent respectively by dint of field
level uninterrupted supply of contraceptive items during last ten years in
the division.

In 2009, the increasing rate of population and reproductive was 1.39
percent and 2.2 percent respectively in the division.

Rate of contraceptive users has been increased to 71.6 percent at
present from 67.4 percent in 2009 as contraceptive materials and 22 category
medicines are being supplied free of cost from all the service centres.

“We have also achieved success in reducing the rate of maternal and
child mortality,” he said categorically adding that maternal and child
mortality rate has been decreased to 1.7 percent at present from 3.2 and 4.8
percent respectively among 1,000 live birth in 2009.

Eight new 10-bed mother and baby welfare centres (MBWC) were constructed
for providing emergency postnatal cares.

A total of 395 including two new union health and family welfare centres
(UHFWC) are encouraging the grassroots people to get services.

Some 310 UHFWCs are providing normal delivery services round the clock
contributing a lot towards reducing maternal mortality. ‘Mayer Bank’ has been
launched to encourage institutional delivery.

Emergency service package for newborns is being introduced at all
service centres in phases. Adolescents-friendly health corner has been
launched in two MBWCs and 20 UHFWCs.

Emergency obstetrics care services are continuing in eight district
level MBWCs.

Upazila level people are getting maternal and child healthcare and
family planning services from 12 MBWCs. A model family planning clinic has
been set up at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital providing services to the
target people regularly.

The DFP has brought more than 712 fertile couples residing in slum areas
of Rajshahi City Corporation under its services.

There are around 910 fertile couples in 11 slum areas and necessary
motivational and counseling activities are being promoted to bring the rest
under the planned family campaign.

Success of building planned family in slum and underprivileged areas of
the metropolis has started becoming visible by dint of need-based and
diversified motivational activities.

Side by side with the government agencies, many non-government
organizations have come together for building calculated families everywhere
in the metropolis through substantial and sustainable promotion of
reproductive health services for the city dwellers, particularly poor and
marginalized ones.

With this breakthrough, many of them have realized the importance of
building planned families with one or two children each for their happiness.

Meanwhile, 45,752 people including 19,094 females received family
planning services from 1,695 community clinics.

Shafiqul Islam said family planning and maternal and children healthcare
services were provided to 37,413 people of 12,346 houses in 1,278 barracks
under Ashrayan Project till December last.

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