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Family planning slips in Rajasthan: Report

Rajasthan has slipped on the family planning front despite efforts by the state health department, with 32 districts showing negative trends, according to the latest review report of the programme.

jaipur Updated: Jul 29, 2018 21:52 IST
Mukesh Mathrani
Mukesh Mathrani
Hindustan Times
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Pali district of western Rajasthan is at the bottom with 29.39% decrease on sterilisation, and the chief minister’s home district Jhalawar recorded 22.91% decline. (HTFile Photo)

Rajasthan has slipped on the family planning front despite efforts by the state health department, with 32 districts showing negative trends, according to the latest review report of the programme.

Methods of contraception include sterilisation, IUD (intrauterine device) insertion, PPIUCD (postpartum Intrauterine contraceptive device) insertion, oral pills and condoms.

The report said sterilisation decreased in the state during 2017-18 by 10.65%, IUD insertion by 21.23%, PPIUCD insertion by 8.55%, condom users by 15.41% and oral pill (OP) users by 20.79%.

Sterilisation data shows that against the target of 350,000 in 2017-18, the health department could achieve 249860 (71.49%). In 2016-17, the achievement was 82.14%.

Of the 34 districts, Ajmer and Jaipur-II showed positive trends on sterilisation. Pali district of western Rajasthan is at the bottom with 29.39% decrease on sterilisation, and the chief minister’s home district Jhalawar recorded 22.91% decline.

Baran is on the top with 94.91% achievement against the allotted target, but it registered 3.98% fall compared to last year. Rajsamand district is at the bottom during 2017-18, with an achievement of 36.40%.

Male sterilisation recorded a sharp drop. Data revealed that male sterilisation in the state was 8,140 in 2010-11, but it dropped to 2553 in 2017-18.

OP users decreased by 20.79 percentage points. Against the target of 495,977, the health department could achieve 323,131 (65.15%) in 2017-18.

Six districts have shown positive trends on OP users. Against the target of 9472, Dungarpur scored 11945 (126.10%). Jalore is at the bottom with a decrease of 61.25%.

On condom use, the department could achieve 455,598 (71.85%) against the target of 634,120. Seven districts put up positive trends on condom use. Dungarpur district topped the chart with 124.88% achievement. Sikar is at the bottom, registering a decline of 57.85 percentage points.

Against the target of 427,106 on IUD insertions, the health department achieved 418155 (97.90%). Sirohi achieved more than 6.24% of the target. Barmer is at the bottom, recording a decline of 41.89 percentage points, the report said.

“It is true that there was a slide in family planning programme figures during 2017-18,” said Naveen Jain, health department secretary and mission director of the National Health Mission.

Explaining the reason, Jain said the launch of central schemes increased the workload, which affected monitoring of the family planning programme. “The department has now started monitoring the programme; the situation has improved in first quarter of 2018-19.”

Jain said a new method of injectable contraception -- Antara -- has been launched. The state has topped in use of Antara injections, he said. “We will assess the situation closely and directions will be issued to the districts with a poor performance.”

Health activists said the schemes, under which newborns and pregnant women are getting financial assistance, are a hurdle to the family planning programme.

Health activist Sanjay Thakur said, “In past few years, the government has launched flagship schemes that provide for financial benefits to newborns and pregnant women. It is one reason why villagers are not bothering about family planning methods.”

First Published: Jul 29, 2018 21:52 IST