Sterilisation continues to be the mainstay of family planning programmes with as many as 84,950 women having undergone the operation from April to June in the city this year.
This year,there is a healthy trend with families going in for family planning after the birth of one or two children. According to statistics,22,335 couples with one child use contraception while 39,974 couples have adopted family planning after the birth of two children, says Dr Anjali Sabne,acting deputy medical officer of health,Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
On the occasion of World Population Day (July 11),the PMC embarked upon several initiatives to encourage vasectomy and the use of contraceptive methods. A survey of eligible couples from April to June this year covered a populaton of 7.86 lakh in the slum pockets of the city. The civic body identified 1.46 lakh eligible couples,of whom 38,927 did not use any contraceptive methods.
A majority of the women underwent tubectomies while a mere 256 men had the vasectomy operation. A total of 3,663 women used Copper T while 5,550 women used pills to avoid pregnancy. There were 9,289 families who used condoms.
Dr S G Kulkarni,assistant director of health,State Family Welfare Bureau said the target for the state was 5.50 lakh sterilisations last year and 4.94 lakh operations were conducted. Of this,3.8 lakh women went in for sterilisation after the birth of one or two children,which state health officials say is a welcome development.
The population policy had laid stress on male sterilisation and a special scheme,called no-scalpel vasectomy,was introduced. Vasectomy,however,is not preferred as a mode of family planning. While 24,000 operations were performed on men in 2010-11,20,057 were performed in 2011-12.
Incentive scheme finds takers
The states cash incentive scheme to encourage sterilisation after the birth of one or two girls seems to be picking up,finally. In 2011-12,there were 5,796 beneficiaries across the state for the Savitribai Phule Scheme as against 1,504 in 2010-11. Under the scheme,if a below-poverty-line family has one girl,then Rs 10,000 is invested in the national savings certificate. For a family that has two girls,Rs 4,000 for each girl child is given and Rs 2,000 for the mother.