World Population Day observed in Gaibandha

Publish: 1:18 PM, July 11, 2018 | Update: 1:18:PM, July 11, 2018

GAIBANDHA – World Population Day-2018 was observed in the district today as elsewhere in the country and the globe with a call to develop the nations regarding family planning and empowering the people.

This year’s theme of the day is “Family Planning is a Human Right” aims at providing safe, voluntary family planning. Marking the day, the department of family planning (DFP) chalked out elaborate programmes in cooperation with district administration.

In the morning, a colorful rally was brought out from Independence Square and ended in front of Zila Shilpakala Academy (ZSA) after parading the main roads of the town.

Later, a discussion meeting was held at the auditorium of ZSA with deputy director (DD) of DFP Deowan Morshed Kamal in the chair while medical officer Dr. Sayeeda Tasnim Ridi was the moderator.

Additional deputy commissioner (General) Muhammad Mizanur Rahman addressed the meeting as the chief guest and civil surgeon Dr. Abdus Shakur, additional police super Abdullah Al Faruk and mayor of Gaibandha Municipality Advocate Shah Masud Zahangir Kabir Milon were present at the event as the special guests.

Earlier, Assistant director Dr. Faruqul Islam said in 1989, the Governing Council of the UNDP recommended that July 11 will be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on
the urgency and importance of population issues.

The speakers said the empowerment of people is essential for the development of the nation, family planning is pre-requisite for progress in any country and small family can play a vital role in making a happy and prosperous nation.

Additional deputy commissioner (General) Muhammad Mizanur Rahman said the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received MDG [Millennium Development Goal] Award in 2010 for successfully reducing maternity mortality rate.

DD Deowan Morshed Kamal said the day seeks attention and action of the governments, stakeholders including policy-makers, academics, experts, NGOs, and individuals.

The DD also sought cordial and collective efforts of all concerned to control the population growth anyhow and turning the country’s population into human resources to take the nation ahead.