Poor male turnout defeats objective
LACK OF interest shown by males in adopting contraceptive methods defeated the high aims set by the district Health authorities on the final day of the two-day male vasectomy (NSV) camp held in the district today.india Updated: Jan 29, 2006 00:36 IST
LACK OF interest shown by males in adopting contraceptive methods defeated the high aims set by the district Health authorities on the final day of the two-day male vasectomy (NSV) camp held in the district today.
According to nodal officer (Health) for the camp Dr R C Mudgal, a total of 98 operations were held today bringing the total number of operations held during both days to 264, which was much less than the expected figure of about 5,000.
Camp coordinator and nodal incharge appointed by the Collector, Zillah Panchayat Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ashutosh Awasthi, the women folk were fielded first in the Indian male dominated society only in rare instances such as these. The men folk suffered from several misconceptions when it came to libidinous matters and contraception of any sort figured top on this list.
The uninterested attitude of village Patwari, secretary, Anganwadi and Health workers, due to their lack of awareness regarding social issues, unwillingness to work and being overburdened from miscellaneous duties was also a prime reason for the low-key momentum, generation drive and low turnout.
The male contraception camp was held for the first time in the district apart from which female contraceptive procedures like LTT and BT, which were held quite often thus reducing numbers from the Target Couples (aged 15 years to 49 years).
Undergoing temporary or permanent procedures/methods of contraception by any one amongst the pair avoided the necessity of the other undergoing the same and hence reduced number availability in the Total Target Couples category.
It was also evaluated by the authorities that a district like Indore having a population of nearly 25 lakh, could not compete with its neighbouring district the size of Dewas when it came to number of operations performed as the high education level entailed that people adopted temporary contraceptive measures of their own free will and did not have to be pursued into going in for procedures like surgery, which were more commonly prevalent in rural areas.
Some persons nevertheless, were found to have been attracted by the lure of the incentive amount of Rs 265 on offer. In a developing country like India predominated by the poor participation in blood donation and other such drives for the sake of earning a few bucks was not unheard of and this was precisely what had to be removed in order to clear the system.
Awasthi said that the poor turnout could also be seen as a good beginning for the first male vasectomy (NSV) camp in the district.
However, it was alleged from certain quarters that about Rs 90,000 received in funding from the European Commission for holding this camp were wasted on unnecessary heads and the low turnout defeated the very purpose of the camp.
First Published: Jan 29, 2006 00:36 IST