Uttar Pradesh in seven billionth heaven
The world population is set to touch 7 billion in October and by UN predictions Uttar Pradesh, the most populated state in India, will host the event.lucknow Updated: Oct 05, 2011 23:27 IST
The world population is set to touch 7 billion in October and by UN predictions Uttar Pradesh, the most populated state in India, will host the event.
Celebrations are being planned both by NGOs and the health department. Though determining the woman carrying the seven billionth baby isn’t easy in a state where 11 babies are born every minute, October 31 has been fixed as the date for the historic occasion.
“We have decided to hold celebrations on October 31 in Lucknow. We are not sure who exactly will be the 7 billionth baby but the UN report suggests it should be in UP,” said Neelam Singh, chief functionary of Vatsalya, an NGO.
Chief medical officer (Lucknow) Ashok Mishra said: “This will be an important occasion, specially for Lucknow, as the entire world will focus upon the state.”
Sanjay Niranjan, the secretary of the Lucknow chapter of the Indian Academy of Paediatricians, holds similar views. “With each newborn, humanity is born. This means each child should get his or her rights to health and with the 7 billionth baby we need to reaffirm this.”
Neelam Singh, along with Sudipta, senior programme officer of PLAN, an NGO that works to empower children, visited the Bakshi Ka Talab (BKT) Community Health Centre (CHC) on Wednesday to finalise the event.
The BKT CHC has been specifically chosen because it is a rural area.
The programme says seven girl children born on October 31, preferably from rural areas, will be selected and their parents will be honoured. The selected girls will be given support for their food, health and education. “The aim is to spread awareness about under-five mortality, which is high in UP, 100.9 in males and 124.7 in females per 1,000, according to the National Family Health Survey III,” Singh said.
In Lucknow, on average, 356 babies are born in a day.
Gynaecologist Milan Khanna said, “I wish the 7 billionth child is a girl.”