ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Friday underscored the need for concerted efforts to promote family planning and check the growing population in the country.
He called upon all the stakeholders to take measures for achieving the goals, spelt out in the Action Plan on population.
The President expressed these views while chairing the 5th meeting of the Federal Task Force on Alarming Population Growth in Pakistan held here at Aiwan-e-Sadr.
Special Assistant to PM for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHSRC) Dr Faisal Sultan, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Khalid Khurshid, Health Minister Sindh Dr. Azhra Fazal Pechucho, Minister of Population Punjab Col ® Hashim Dogar, Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) Dr Qibla Ayaz, Chief Secretary Punjab via video link, Provincial Secretaries of Punjab, KPK, Sindh, DG Population, Dr. Sabina Durrani, Country Director Population Council, Islamabad, Dr Zeba Sathar, Country Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), technical experts and senior officials of the federal and provincial governments attended the meeting.
The Ministry of NHSRC gave a detailed presentation on the implementation status of decisions taken in the 4th meeting of the Federal Task Force on Population.
It was informed that the provincial governments were allocating more funds, enhancing the availability of contraceptives, raising awareness through media and training the human resource for family planning and population control.
The chair was briefed that Ulema, Khateebs and religious leaders were being engaged to promote healthy families during their sermons, particularly in the province of Punjab.
Addressing the meeting, the President said that the Ulema and Media had a vital role in educating the people about family planning in their Friday sermons and talk shows. He advised the provincial governments to adopt an integrated approach and share their expertise, research and experiences with each other regarding their family planning strategy.
The President lauded the Ministry of National Health Service, Regulations & Coordination and UNFPA for organizing the International Donors Conference. Canadian High Commissioner Wendy Gilmour and European Union Ambassador Androulla Kaminara appreciated the National Action Plan on Family Planning and wished for its full implementation.
They also highlighted the importance of the availability of the contraceptive believing that it could protect the mother and child’s health.
USAID Mission Director Julie Koenen and a representative of FP2030, in their video messages, reiterated their commitment to support Pakistan to help it achieve the goals of family planning.