Sindh took the lead and launched Population Policy 2016 as other Provinces still in planning stage: Mumtaz Jakhrani

Karachi, December 22, 2016 (PPI-OT):Provincial Minister for population welfare department Mir Mumtaz Hussain Jakhrani said that after 18th constitutional amendment, Sindh population welfare department has achieved successful milestone by developing its population policy, communication strategy and training strategy. Population welfare department also preparing different frame works in support of public health and other sectors, which will help in achieving its goals and targets. This he said while addressing the launching ceremony of “Sindh population policy-2016” organized by population department at local hotel today.

He added that, those who criticized the performance and present scenario of Sindh government are astonished and taking guidelines to us. Our department took lead in the country and developed country’s first coasted implementation plan (CIP), where as other provinces still are in planning phase.

He was of the view that CIP is recognized internationally. It envisages a vast role of development partners. Government of Sindh has already allocated Rs. 890 million for provincial CIP. It is now up to development partners to join hands with Population Welfare Department for achieving objectives of FP 2020.

Minister population appreciates the guidance and support of Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho and Ms Shahnaz Wazir for the development of this robust and comprehensive plan. Furthermore, according to details, in compliance of FP 2020 commitments, Sindh government has set target to raise its contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) from existing 30% to 45% by the year 2020.

Achieve universal access to safe and quality reproductive health and family planning services by 2020, reduce unmet need for family planning from 21% to 14 % by 2020, decrease in fertility level from 3.9 (2013) to 3.0 births per woman by the year 2020, ensure contraceptive commodity security up to 80% at all public service outlets by 2018 and achieve the replacement level fertility of 2.1 births per woman by 2035. At this occasion Minister Local government Sindh Jam Khan Shoro, MNA/ Chairperson FP 2020 working group Sindh Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho and others were present.

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