Bhubaneswar, 12th July, 2016 (OdishaLIVE Bureau): The State level ceremony for observance of World Population Day was held at Bhubaneswar on 11th July, 2016. The World Population Day is observed on 11th July every year all across the globe. It was inspired by the public interest in Five Billion Day on July 11, 1987. It is being observed in India as well as in our State every year with focus on addressing Family Planning and Population Stabilisation.
This year World Population Day is being observed with launching of ‘Population Stabilisation Fortnight’ or ‘Janasankhya Sthirata Pakshya’ from 11th to 24th July, 2016 preceded by a ‘Mobilisation Fortnight’ from 27th June to 10th July 2016’ in the entire State.
Shri Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Minister of State Health & Family Welfare and I & PR, graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Among others, Smt. Arti Ahuja, IAS, Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department; Smt. Shalini Pandit, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Odisha and Dr (Mrs). Nirmala Dei, Director of Family Welfare also attended the ceremony.
Minister Shri Nayak felicitated and awarded Nuapada, Malkangiri and Gajpati as best three districts for family planning performance on sterilisation operation during 2015-16 and Koraput, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts were also awarded for best performance in conducting Vasectomy operation during 2015-16. Malkangiri and Gajpati districts were awarded for providing quality family planning services during 2015-16 and Sonepur and Angul districts were felicitated for best performance in PPIUCD insertions.
Similarly Dr. Nilamadhab Satapathy of Nayagarh district and Dr. Sadananda Panigrahi of Kalahandi were awarded for best performance in conducting minilap operation during WPF-2015. The son of Late Dr. Jugal Kishore Behera of Nabarangpur district received the award for his father’s outstanding achievement in conducting minilap operation in FDS during 2015-16. Among others, health workers, ASHA workers, Surgeons, ANM and NGO from 14 districts were also felicitated and awarded on the occasion for their inspiring performance in the sector in 2015-16.
This year’s global theme is “Investing in teenage girls”. Teenage girls around the world face enormous challenges. Many are considered by their communities or parents to be ready for marriage and motherhood. Many are forced from school, damaging their future prospects. Even among girls who stay in school, access to basic information about their health, human rights and reproductive rights can be hard to come by, leaving them vulnerable to illness, injury and exploitation. These challenges are exacerbated among marginalized girls, such as members of ethnic minorities or those living in poverty or remote areas.
Population stabilisation movement in Odisha was revitalised in the year 2010, and our State has significantly improved the family planning services delivery, both in quality and quantity since then. A steady increase in acceptance of different family planning methods from 2010-11 to till date speaks about the volumes of sincere efforts that have been put in by the health machinery all across the State in order to provide uninterrupted reproductive health care services to the people of Odisha.