QUETTA: Young Population Welfare Officers’ Association (YPWOA) Wednesday has called upon Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Abdul Qudus Bizenjo to take notice of the contraceptive crisis lingering on for the last 09 months in the Population Welfare Department.
In a presser issued to the media houses here, the Association demanded that immediate arrangements be made for the provision of contraceptives to the districts which are facing a shortage for the last nine months. The presser further added that the current Secretary of Population Welfare Department exhibits a lackluster attitude towards the imminent issues facing the department, adding he rather is interested in frequent transfer and postings of the officers, devolving financial charges to junior officers, and accumulation of government vehicles for his personal use.
The statement further elaborated on the need for the immediate provision of contraceptives, saying that Population Welfare Department is the sole Department tasked with the responsibility of coping with the looming population growth in the province and tackling the issue of unplanned pregnancies, failing which the death ratio in pregnant mothers, anemia and multiple other health complications can create a health emergency in the province.
It is also said that the infant mortality rate can also increase and children with minimum birth space are at a higher risk given the fact that no other Department purchases contraceptives and it is PWD that also meets the contraceptive needs of other departments.
The Association appealed to the Chief Minister and other authorities concerned to take notice of the lethargic behavior of the incumbent secretary of Population Welfare and still better transfer him immediately in the best public interest so that the province could be protected from an otherwise imminent health crisis.
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