July 1, 2008

Bangladesh Calls for Efforts for Population Control

Bangladesh calls for efforts for population control

DHAKA, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Chief Adviser of the Bangladesh caretaker government Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed Monday called on public and private sectors to work closely to control the country's booming population growth.

The head of the caretaker government made the call while chairing a meeting of the country's National Population Council here, private news agency UNB reported.

The impoverished South Asian country has a population of about 147 million and its current population growth is 1.41 percent.

Dr Fakhruddin emphasized increased involvement of NGOs, religious leaders and social workers and others concerned in the national- level birth-control drives alongside the government efforts.

He said supply of contraceptives should be ensured in remote areas where population growth is high.

The slogan of national population policy in Bangladesh is "Not more than two children and one is better."

He also asked for enhanced cooperation between the Health Ministry and other relevant ministries for successful implementation of the programs in health, nutrition and population sectors.

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