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City needs PWC’s reactivation

KARACHI: There is an urgent need to activate Population Welfare Centers (PWC) in the metropolis with equal attention towards public education about safe and risk free family sizing. Commissioner of Karachi, Ejaz Ahmad Khan chairing a meeting yesterday to review progress made under Plan 2020, focused on family planning, he said special interventions are required to protect reproductive health rights of the citizens. “We also need to ensure meaningful coordination between population welfare and health department,” he said. The fact that less than two years’ time is left to meet the Plan 2020 target, enabling all people falling in reproductive age group provided with safe and risk free services demanded a comprehensive approach. Acknowledging that Sindh coordinator for the project, Dr. Azra Pechuho and provincial population minister Mumtaz Hussain Jakhrani have helped develop a strategy that is also culture sensitive, the Commissioner said plan holds absolute relevance to Karachi. “The fast expanding coastal city with sizable numbers of slums with limited resources and services turns the scheme extremely important for Karachi,” he told the participants including Additional Commissioner, Farhan Ghani, Deputy Commissioners pertaining to different districts and Director Health Services, Dr. Taufiq Ahmed. Technical adviser for CIP, Dr. Talib Lashari was also present on the occasion. Urging the concerned officials to ensure adequate involvement of reputable NGOs, working in the field of reproductive health, Karachi Commissioner said public confidence must be enhanced on the capacities of Lady Health Workers, the first line of service providers for the masses. Importance of the program, he said cannot be ignored as lack of awareness as well as absence of ready availability of quality services is a constant threat to the health as well as lives of many of the mothers. Ejaz Ahmad Khan said the project is equally relevant to meet the needs of the growing number of adolescents and youth often unconscious of the biological changes and its implications on their emotional and physical health. —Agencies

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