Hum Do, Humare Ek’ policy to be adopted to bring down the fertility rate to 2.1% in Rajasthan – Health Minister

Jaipur, July 18.Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma said that according to the Sample Registration Survey (SRS) 2018 the fertility rate of Rajasthan is 2.5%, whereas the national average is 2.2%. He said according to Millennium Development Goals, the fertility rate is to be brought down to 2.1% by the target year 2025. For this, we have to adopt the policy of ‘Hum Do, Humare Ek’ (We Two, Ours One).

The Health Minister on Friday was addressing a state level Family Welfare Promotion prize distribution function. He said that the problem of increasing population is getting frightening not only in India, but in the entire world. The balance of nature is continuously deteriorating due to the increasing population.  This is causing problems in food grains, drinking water, housing, education, health and employment.

Dr Sharma said that ‘Population Stabilisation’ fortnight is being observed from July 11 to 24. The theme of the fortnight is ‘Aapda me bhi parivar niyojan ki taiyari, saksham rashtra aur parivar ki poori jimmedari’ (Preparation of family planning even during the crisis for the complete responsibility of capable nation and family) and this message is being carried up to villages and hamlets. Besides this, special efforts are continuing for 100% institutional deliveries in health institutions in the State. Special arrangements are being made for institutional delivery at Woman Hospitals even during the covid pandemic along with equipping labour rooms with modern facilities. He said that around 2.5 lakh sterilisations are done every year in the State under the family planning programme. He said that Rajasthan is among the leading states in the country in regard to PPIUCD (postpartum intrauterine contraceptive device) insertions.

Health Secretary Siddharth Mahajan said that the contribution of women in the sterilisation programme is about 99% and that of men is only 1% under family welfare programme, whereas vasectomy (male sterilisation) is very easy. He said that efforts are being made to encourage male sterilisation to make the family welfare programme successful. He said that IUCD services are being provided post-delivery at the high load delivery points. The compensation and incentive amount for sterilisation has been increased. He informed in detail about the works being done by the department for family welfare.

Director Public Health Dr KK Sharma said that family planning is the responsibility of an individual as well as the community. He said that the increasing population can be controlled only if we ourselves adopt the means of family welfare and inspire others too.  

Director RCH Dr Laxman Singh Ola said that the fertility rate of Rajasthan in the year 2000 was 4.1%, which in 2018 came down to 2.5% and at present it is around 2.3%. He also emphasised controlling the fertility rate with the time.

Public representatives, district collectors, health personnel and the concerned officers of the districts that were felicitated were virtually connected on this occasion. The programme was anchored by Joint Director (PR) Shri Govind Pareek. On this occasion, a coffee table book ‘Combating Covid-19 in Rajasthan’ was released.

Out of 14 Mission Parivar Vikas (MPV) districts, Banswara district won the first prize of Rs 11 lakh, Karauli district bagged the second prize of Rs 8 lakh and Pali district got the third prize of Rs 5 lakh in the field of family welfare for the year 2020-21 and all were given citations. Banswara district last year achieved the target of 7666 sterilisations, 8400 PPIUCD insertions, 43858 institutional deliveries and full immunisation of 43558 children. Similarly, Karauli district achieved the target of 6832 sterilisations, 4030 PPIUCD insertions, 29168 institutional deliveries and full immunisation of 29188 children. The achievement of Pali district is 8106 sterilisations, 5917 PPIUCD insertions, 42930 institutional deliveries and full immunisation of 38450 children.

Out of 19 Non-MPV districts, Jhalawar and Ajmer districts bagged the first and second prizes respectively and were awarded the citations.  Hanumangarh district got the third prize, Pratapgarh district got the fourth and Alwar district got the fifth. The first three districts were given cash prize of Rs 11 lakh, 8 lakh, 5 lakh respectively.  Jhalawar district achieved the target of 7231 sterilisations, 5227 PPIUCD insertions, 28102 institutional deliveries and full immunisation of 23545 children; Ajmer did 11843 sterilisations, 11612 PPIUCD insertions, 49202 institutional deliveries and full immunisation of 47400 children. Similarly, Hanumangarh did 6552 sterilisations, 3590 PPIUCD insertions, 26623 institutional deliveries and full immunisation of 24802 children and Pratapgarh district did 4083 sterilisations, 3993 PPIUCD insertions, 19494 institutional deliveries and full immunisation of 18296 children.

In panchayat samiti category in MPV districts, Desuri Panchayat Samiti in Pali district, Rajsamand Panchayat Samiti in Rajsamand district and Mavli Panchayat Samiti in Udaipur district bagged the first three prizes. Similarly, in Non-MPV districts, Bhadra Panchayat Samiti in  Hanumangarh district got the first prize, Kotkasim Panchayat Samiti in Alwar district got the second prize and Masuda Panchayat Samiti in Ajmer district got the third prize. These panchayat samitis were given cash prizes of Rs 5 lakh, Rs 4 lakh and Rs 3 lakh and citations respectively.

In the category of Gram Panchayat in MPV districts, Barnala gram panchayat in Sawai Madhopur district got the first prize, Jalda gram panchayat in Banswara district got the second prize and Khakharmala gram panchayat in Rajsamand district got the third prize. Similarly, in Non-MPV districts, Goyla gram panchayat in Ajmer district, Theekriya gram panchayat in Jaipur district and Bagad Mev gram panchayat in Alwar district got the first three prizes respectively. These gram panchayats were given cash prizes of Rs 3 lakh, Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh and citations respectively.

Deputy CMHO Dr Mukesh Bansal of Jhalawar, Dr Sampat Singh Jodha of Ajmer and Dr Pawan Kumar of Hanumangarh in Non-MPV districts were given Rs 10,000 each for their commendable services in the field of family welfare.

In MPV districts, Deputy CMHO Dr Vipin Meena of Dungarpur, Dr Satish Chand Meena of Karauli and in Non-MPV districts, Dr Harsal Choudhary of Sikar, Dr Mukesh Mehta of Ganganagar, Dr CP Goswami of Bhilwara, Dr Sampat Singh Jodha of Ajmer and Dr Narrotam Jangid of Jhunjhunu were felicitated for the commendable achievement in PPIUCD insertions.  In the category of district, sub-district and satellite hospital in MPV and Non-MPV districts – MG Hospital Banswara, Hanumangarh District Hospital; in the category of Community Health Centre (CHC) – in-charges of CHC Khamnore (Rajsamand) and Kotkasim (Alwar) were awarded. Similarly in Primary Health Centre (PHC) – Mermandwada (Sirohi) and Balsher (Jaipur) in-charges were awarded.

In the category of private hospitals in MPV districts, Hari Om Hospital and Pacific Institute of Medical Science in Udaipur, City Hospital in Bhilwara and Sachkhand Hospital in Alwar were felicitated for their commendable services. In the NGO category in19 Non-MPV districts, FRHS India’s Shri Saket Sharma and Parivar Seva Kendra’s Ms Minakshi Sharma received the awards.Bali CHC in Pali district, Sherpur PHC in Alwar district and Shobhagpura sub centre in Udaipur district were awarded for maximum sterilisations and for inspiring cases of male sterilisation in the personal prize category under family welfare promotion scheme.