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The goal of ‘Viksit Bharat’ can be achieved by having smaller families: JP Nadda | Health news

The goal of ‘Viksit Bharat’ can be achieved by having smaller families: JP Nadda |  Health news

Addressing the gathering, JP Nadda said the Center and states must work collectively to ensure that women can exercise their right to make family planning choices.

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Nadda virtually held a meeting with the States and Union Territories (UTs) on the occasion of World Population Day. | Photo: PTI

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Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Thursday said that the goal of ‘Viksit Bharat’ can be achieved only when the health of India’s families is well maintained and this can be achieved by smaller families, he said.

He said the Center and states must work collectively to ensure that women can exercise their right to make family planning choices and are not burdened with unwanted pregnancy.

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Nadda virtually held a meeting with the States and Union Territories (UTs) on the occasion of World Population Day. The theme of the event was “Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancy for the Well-Being of Mother and Child”.

He said the Center and states should also ensure that the unmet needs of contraceptives are met especially in high burden states, districts and blocks.

Pointing out that one-fifth of the global population belongs to India, he emphasized the need to celebrate World Population Day as a reaffirmation and recommitment to work for population stabilization.

“The goal of Viksit Bharat can be achieved only when the health of India’s families is well maintained, which can be achieved by smaller families,” he said.

“The Center and the states must work collectively to ensure that women can exercise their right to make family planning choices and are not burdened with unwanted pregnancies and to ensure that the unmet needs of contraceptives are met especially in the states , districts and high burden districts. blocks,” he said.

The objective of the family planning (FP) program must be “Birth by choice and informed choice,” he said.

Underlining the government’s focus on ensuring a brighter and healthier future for all, including youth, teenagers, women and the elderly, the minister said: “Collaboration is essential as we tackle future responsibilities and recognize family planning and reproductive health as fundamental.”

“Promoting healthy birth timing and spacing, achieving optimal family sizes, and empowering the voluntary adoption of contraceptive options are crucial to cultivating healthier and happier families, thereby contributing to our nation’s brighter future,” he said.

Nadda spoke about ‘Mission Parivar Vikas’ (MPV), one of the successful schemes of the National Family Planning Programme, which was initially launched for 14 High Priority Districts (HPD) in seven states with high focus and later expanded to cover all the districts in these states and six states in the North East.

He highlighted the impact of the scheme and highlighted the significant increase in access to contraceptives in these states and the successful reduction in maternal, infant and under-five mortality rates.

“Making the districts as the main focal point of this scheme has helped in lowering the TFR (Total Fertility Rate) across the state. Parivar Vikas Mission has not only helped in lowering the TFR of the states but also helped in the national TFR,” he stated .

“We need to work to maintain a low TFR in states that have already achieved it and work to achieve it in other states,” he added.

Nadda cautioned states and UTs not to be complacent in these efforts and encouraged everyone to work to bring TFR to replacement levels in all regions of the country.

“We should also create a strategy based on state inputs and NFHS data to focus on those areas where TFR has not improved,” he said.

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