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Delhi govt starts campaign to encourage family planning

In 2018, around 500 men were sterilised while around 17,000 women opted for a tubectomy in the capital.

Written by Astha Saxena | New Delhi |
November 27, 2019 2:43:40 am
delhi government, family planning, family planning schemes in delhi, population control schemes, delhi news The government has also decided to provide an incentive of Rs 1,100 for those who undergo the procedure and a five-day leave for those employed in the government sector. (Reuters/File)

To encourage participation of men in family planning, the Delhi government has started a campaign on male sterilisation.

In February, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had directed states to observe a ‘Vasectomy Fortnight’ every year in November to raise awareness on male participation in family planning and promotion of male sterilisation. The campaign began on November 21 and will end on December 4.

No-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) is a simple, stitch-less, short and safe procedure for permanent contraception. An innovative approach, it does not require an incision (cut) and has the advantage of relatively less bleeding, haematoma, infection, pain as well as a shorter procedural time followed by a comfortable recovery period.

In 2018, around 500 men were sterilised while around 17,000 women opted for a tubectomy in the capital. According to sources, cases of male sterilisation are decreasing every year due to which the government has insisted on an aggressive campaign.

“Cases of male sterilisation are going down. In 2017, around 400 men opted for sterilisation but before that, the number was around 1,300. So, there is an urgent need for such an awareness campaign,” said Dr Jyoti Sachdeva, State Program Officer (Family Planning), Delhi government.

The government has also decided to provide an incentive of Rs 1,100 for those who undergo the procedure and a five-day leave for those employed in the government sector.

“This method has no side-effects and we want to request male participation to improve family planning. They can avail the services in Delhi government hospitals during the campaign or visit hospitals any time during the year. One just needs to carry Aadhaar card details for smooth transfer of funds,” said Dr Nutan Mundeja, Director, Family Welfare, Delhi government.

India was the first country in the world to launch a National Programme for Family Planning in 1952.

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