The ‘World Population Day’ was observed on Wednesday at various places in Udhampur district.
According to an official, the main function was organized by District Health Society Udhampur in the premises of ANMT School with District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Ravinder Kumar as the chief guest
Other government functionaries present were Programme Officer, ICDS, Rimpi Ohri, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. K.C Dogra, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. S.D Atri, District Immunization Officer, Dr. Santosh Sharma, Medical Superintendent District Hospital, Vijay Kumar Basnotra besides Block Medical Officers of various blocks, Multi Health Workers and ASHAs were present on the occasion, he said.
In his address, the DDC stated that the main objective of observing this day is to raise awareness about global population issues, the prime being to lower the population growth. He added that with the increase in the population, the consumption of natural resources has also gone up as a result of which humankind is left with limited natural resources. He said the need of the hour is to generate awareness regarding the population issues and its impact on development and the environment.
The chief guest also stressed on the importance of family planning. He called upon ASHA workers to educate and motivate not only the women folk but also the men and aware them regarding the health care and their role in controlling the increasing population of the country.
The Chief Medical Officer highlighted the aim and objectives of the world population day.
Medical Superintendent, District Hospital Dr. Vijay Kumar Basnotra presented vote of thanks.
Various speakers from ANMT School also threw light on the topic. A skit highlighting the advantages of having a small family and disadvantages of a large family was also presented by Folk cultural troupe Ramalo Ram and Party and students of ANMT School.
Similar programmes were also observed at various institutions in the district, the official said.