NERVE.IN

 

Kolkata |1 year ago
Three million unwanted babies in Bengal by 2021
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 | http://www.nerve.in/news:253500470664 | channel: India
"While the percentage of safe deliveries in Kolkata stood at 90 percent, the same in these nine districts ranged between 30 percent and 50 percent. Nearly two-thirds of the state, of which a major chunk is from these districts, do not have access to piped water, added Kothari."
 
Kolkata, Sep 25 - With West Bengal estimated to add nearly 12.7 million people to its population by 2021, a whopping three million of those would be a result of unwanted/unplanned pregnancies, an expert said Tuesday.

Judging by the estimates of the current census, the state's population will go to 104 million people from 91.3 million. Of this additional population of 12.7 million, nearly three million babies will be result of unwanted and unplanned pregnancy, said Devendra Kothari of the Rajiv Gandhi Population Mission of the Rajasthan government.

Kothari, a professor of Population Programme Management, quoted the 2011 census to point out that only 50 percent women in the state used modern contraceptive methods with most of them from the urban population.

Most women in rural areas still use traditional and unscientific contraceptive methods which are not effective. As a result, they get pregnant when either they have not planned or they did not want pregnancy, said Kothari.

He said the government needed to spread awareness about modern contraceptive methods and should use its resources in an optimum way to enable the population to have access to effective contraception.

He also said nine districts of the state, including East Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura, lagged far behind other districts in all census parameters.

While the percentage of safe deliveries in Kolkata stood at 90 percent, the same in these nine districts ranged between 30 percent and 50 percent. Nearly two-thirds of the state, of which a major chunk is from these districts, do not have access to piped water, added Kothari.

Speaking at a programme organised by Unicef here, he said these districts were also poorly served with wash facilities, LPG and electricity.

Read more on:
 WEST BENGAL (56845 views)
 KOLKATA (36721 views)
 WOMEN (22173 views)
 RAJASTHAN (18911 views)
 PROFESSOR (9371 views)
 RAJIV GANDHI (7271 views)
 RAJASTHAN GOVERNMENT (6501 views)
 UNICEF (5700 views)
 NICE (5821 views)
 MIDNAPORE (5641 views)
 LPG (5223 views)
 MILLION (5571 views)
 EAST MIDNAPORE (4381 views)
 PREGNANCY (4312 views)
 ASTHA (4371 views)
 THAR (2291 views)
 ELECTRICITY (2361 views)
 UNSC (1391 views)
 

PERMALINK

http://www.nerve.in/news:253500470664
You can quote the permanent link above for a direct link to the story. We do not archive or expire our news stories.


STORY OPTIONS
  Email this story to a friend
  XML feed for India


 
COPYRIGHTS INFORMATION
All rights reserved for news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.
Contact Nerve Staff for any feedback, corrections and omissions in news stories.