Rajshahi slum dwellers becoming aware of population control

Dhaka,  Sat,  19 August 2017
Published : 19 Jun 2017, 21:01:30
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Rajshahi slum dwellers becoming aware of population control

RAJSHAHI, June 19 (BSS): Success of the family planning initiatives by different government and non-government organisations in slum areas of the metropolis has started becoming visible.

According to sources concerned, many of the slum dwellers have realized the importance of building planned families with having one or two children each for their happiness.

More than 0.25 million poor and slum people have come together for eradicating their long-lasting poverty and hunger and formed 173 community development communities (CDCs) in the city.

With uplifting their living and livelihood conditions through different initiatives of the CDCs especially income-generation, many of the beneficiaries have become conscious of the family planning.

Executive Engineer of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) Nur Islam Tusser said some development organistions concerned like Merry Stops, Urban Primary Healthcare Project and Tilottoma have been making efforts for expediting the family planning activities in the slums.

Dr AFM Anjuman Ara Begum, Chief Health Officer of RCC, said the family planning activities in the slum areas have been expedited. "We counsel the pregnant women at different slums. Because of limitation of the city corporation, we can't provide contraceptive materials to the slum dwellers," she added.

Prof Mijan Uddin at Department of Sociology of Rajshahi University told BSS that there are various population control campaigns in slum areas. He, however, said there are various reasons in the disadvantaged areas for growing population.

The reasons include poverty, strong desire to have male children, lack of awareness about excessive population, unavailability of contraceptive materials in slums and its high price, lack of counseling about family planning.

In the existing socioeconomic structure, couples consider male children to be wage earners for their family, he said.

Momtaj Khatun, 30, wife of a rickshaw-puller Bachchu, said they have been living in Namobhodra slum over the last 10 years. "We expected a male child very much and have four daughters and one son," she said.

Momtaj said now she understands what a wrong she has done as they fail to provide them with necessary food and medical services.

Not only Momtaj, many couples of slums in the city have more than two children.
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