Chandigarh,11.07.19-On occasion of World Population Day, Urban Health Training Centre, Indira Colony run by Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health, PGIMER Chandigarh organized a group discussion amongst both sex group of the society.

This Day is celebrated every year to move towards the 2030 agenda for sustainable development which is the world’s blueprint for a better future for all on a healthy planet. This day is observed to recognize the fact that mission is closely interrelated with demographic trends including population growth, ageing, migration and urbanization.”

This event was organized under the guidance of Dr. J S Thakur, Prof. Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health, PGIMER Chandigarh. Taking this day as an occasion to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize will and resources to celebrate and reinforce achievement of humanity.

This activity was organized in-continuation with World Population Fortnight being observed in Chandigarh. At ground-level ANMs working in Indira colony with the help of Female Multipurpose Worker Mrs. Meena ji, prepared a list of couples of were recently married and those who were having at least two child with them irrespective of sex.

A group of 50 people turned up at AWW-1, were event was planned. A group discussion amongst the male and females of the society was carried out. Some the reasons for not adopting family planning methods came out to be: want bigger families means more hands to earn, more boys/male in the family which again means more earning hand. Other being: not aware of all family planning methods, especially by the male members of the society, reluctance by each sex to use any method of contraception, fare of side-effects and belief that child bearing will stop naturally.

Amongst, the permanent methods, vasectomy is still believed to be causing weakness among male members of the society; equally by both males and females.

Dr Ekta Dogra, Senior Resident, Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health, PGIMER Chandigarh after concluding the discussion addressed the concerns of the group over various family planning methods. She discussed various methods available under National Family Planning programme which included: condoms, Emergency Contraception, Centchroman (Saheli), Mala N & D, Copper-T, Antra (injectable contraception) and permanent method of contraception. She discussed that, how these methods are easily available with ANMs and they can avail any method by just visiting them.

Dr Jenefa Persis, Junior Resident, Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health, PGIMER Chandigarh She said, women have right to make their own decision about whether, when and how to become pregnant. She said non-discrimination policy is followed by family planning services. She said no-body is discriminated on the basis of race, sex, language, religion, political affiliation, age, economic status, disability status, place of residence, marital status etc. information regarding family planning and services are not restricted. She said each individual is empowered to make their reproductive choice with full autonomy, without any coercion and pressure under complete privacy and confidentiality.

The group was mobilized by Mrs. Binu, Mrs. Mamta, Mrs. Sona ANM; Mrs. Kamles Lata AWW, Mr. Anvesh for the event.