Jakhrani terms Family Planning a gateway to development


KARACHI: Mir Mumtaz Hussain Jakhrani, Minister for Population Welfare Sindh has said that Family Planning is the gateway to development in society, and after the 18th Amendment, the Population Welfare Department has made significant progress in expanding services. 
He said that more clients are coming forward to receive services and more additional users can be seen. We shall follow the vision of Benazir Bhutto who said that every family should be a planned family. 
He said this while addressing at Seminar organized by the Costed Implementation Plan Unit of the Population Welfare Department, Government of Sindh at the SZABIST, Clifton campus today at the launch of a new project through grant from United Nations Foundation/FP2020 Secretariat, Washington D.C.
Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA and the Chair, Sindh Family Planning 2020 Task Force while presiding over the event said that achieving the goal regarding the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) might become difficult to achieve in case all partners do not put in best efforts. 
She said in this regard, the Government of Sindh has developed a Costed Implementation Plan (CIP).   She said that it was a bold step for the PWD to provide contraceptives to NGO's for free, as they will be accountable for them.
Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali stressed that the issue of population is a fundamental issue facing our country, and that we all need to work together to address this issue.
The Secretary Population Welfare Department, Laeeq Ahmed said that after devolution, there has been functional integration at sub district level between the Population Welfare Department and Department of Health. PPHI and DOH have been playing their role in increasing family planning services. -NNI