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Make health education mandatory: Ramadoss

india Updated: Jul 11, 2007 23:01 IST
Chetan Chauhan

The Health ministry has asked the HRD ministry to make health education mandatory for all classes, Health Minister A Ramadoss said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a sensitisation programme organised by Jansankya Sthirata Kosh, Ramadoss said a formal proposal has already been submitted with the HRD ministry.

The health ministry has asked that the course should be mandatory for all classes and should include environment education, HIV/AIDS education and lifestyle education.

He also highlighted the need to stablise population saying India accounts for 16 per cent of the world's population but has only 2 per cent of its land. By 2045-2050, India' population would be 1.8 billion.

But, the government has got some good news with National Family Health Family survey saying that even Muslim women in UP want not more than two children, the minister said.

Earlier, Executive Director of Kosh Shailaja Chandra pointed at adverse social indicators which said that about 60 per cent of the country's population is in the reproductive age and that will mean that 1.61 crore people would be added by next year.

The main contributor to rising population are northern states, where reproductive age is much more than the national level.

Chandra also said about 52 per cent of girls in Bihar and 49 per cent in Rajasthan are married before they attain the age of 18. Mostly these girls cannot decide the number of children they want as normally the decision is taken by someone else, she said.

Ramadoss also interacted with children from states with high rate of population growth and found that some of the teenagers were already married. One of the married boy said he was married young by his parents and was already a father.