Need of family plan­ning

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - FAKEHA FAIZ

That pop­u­la­tion ex­plo­sion is the root cause of most of the so­cial evils, would not be an over­state­ment. It is a grave is­sue that needs com­pre­hen­sive strate­gies and mean­ing­ful mea­sures to deal with. Sans such strate­gies and mea­sures, ris­ing pop­u­la­tion num­bers are like a hy­dra wreak­ing havoc in a so­ci­ety. Amongst the most ef­fec­tive mea­sures to check the rapidly grow­ing pop­u­la­tion is Family Plan­ning. It is our fail­ure to suc­cess­fully in­tro­duce family plan­ning in ev­ery part of the coun­try, that to­day Pak­istan’s pop­u­la­tion is in­creas­ing at an alarm­ing rate and ac­cord­ing to UN, the coun­try is all set to cross the 300 mil­lion pop­u­la­tion mark by 2050. There is a need to cre­ate aware­ness about pop­u­la­tion con­trol mea­sures like family plan­ning, which can prove to be an ef­fec­tive tool to push the ‘slow’ but­ton on our grow­ing pop­u­la­tion rate. More­over, it is im­por­tant to break the com­mon but prim­i­tive per­cep­tion that Is­lam for­bids con­trol­ling birth of new ba­bies.

To a lay­man, the mean­ing of family plan­ning is of­ten vague. He thinks it as a tech­nique to make him un­pro­duc­tive/ster­ile. In con­trast, it is only a means to slow down the rate of re­pro­duc­tion and in­crease interval be­tween preg­nan­cies. This interval is very im­por­tant for the health and well be­ing of the en­tire family. Fre­quent preg­nan­cies wear down the health of the mother. She be­comes weak and prone to many dis­eases. In ad­di­tion to health and fa­mil­ial prob­lems due to a larger num­ber of chil­dren, there are also mul­ti­ple fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions; e.g. it would be very dif­fi­cult for a poor per­son to di­vide his lit­tle prop­erty into his 10 chil­dren. It would be equally dif­fi­cult for him to sus­tain his chil­dren’s ba­sic nu­tri­tional, ed­u­ca­tional and med­i­cal needs. He would not be able to give a happy and re­spectable lifestyle to his chil­dren if his re­sources are lim­ited as com­pared to the size of his family.

On na­tional level too, high pop­u­la­tion throws span­ner in the works; as all the gov­ern­men­tal projects, plans and schemes of pub­lic wel­fare will prove to be highly in­ef­fec­tive due to it. In­stead of be­ing pro­duc­tive, coun­try’s un­healthy, un­skilled and un­e­d­u­cated pop­u­la­tion would con­sume its re­sources and the coun­try would soon be­come re­sources-de­prived and cash-starved. More­over, such pop­u­la­tion may fall prey into the hands of un­scrupu­lous el­e­ments jeop­ar­diz­ing the peace and sta­bil­ity of the coun­try and taint­ing its rep­u­ta­tion. —Via email

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