“Once UP achieves the 2.4 mark, bringing it further down will be very difficult. But even if this is achieved, it will show a telling impact on the national figures,” he said.
Speaking at t he event, senior manager programme of Population Services International Shubhra Trivedi said family planning could also reduce maternal and child deaths by reducing the number of pregnancies, unsafe abortions and high risk births.
“Family planning is helpful in saving lives of women and children because it prevents untimely and unintended pregnancy, reduces women’s exposure to health risks of unsafe childbirth and abortion and lessens the health risks associated with pregnancies that are early, closely spaced or very late,” she said.
It has been estimated that meeting women’s needs for modern contraceptives would prevent about one-quarter to one-third of all maternal deaths in a year. A similar proportion of injuries, infections, and long term disabilities that result from pregnancy, child birth and unsafe abortions could also be prevented, she said.
Earlier, mission director NRHM and other senior officials addressed the workshop which was attended by chief medical officers from different districts of the state.