On the eve of World Population Day, celebrated on July 11, the state government of Maharashtra felicitated the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for effectively implementing No Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) and Postpartum Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (PPIUCD). In 2016-17, BMC has done 736 NSVs and around 8,000 PPIUCD and stood first in implementing these birth control measures.
Apart from BMC, other corporations which have outstandingly performed in terms of birth control measures under family welfare programme were felicitated by state Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant.
Kolhapur Municipal Corporation ranked first in total number of sterilisation. Also, the district civil surgeons of Gadchiroli, Chandrapur and Bhandara were congratulated for showing exceptional performance in NSV. Medical officers, Nurses and ASHA workers were also felicitated for their contribution in their efforts of birth control.
Dr Sawant praised the efforts of the healthcare workers. The injectable contraceptive method – Antara was launched by him. “We have to work like a team and we will conquer the current problems faced in public healthcare sector. Maharashtra has launched Antara MPA program today. Such birth spacing measures will help to reduce maternity deaths,” he said. He also asked medical officers to raise awareness amongst men to undergo NSV.
Chief Executive Health Officer of BMC, Dr Padmaja Keskar expressed happiness after receiving the award and while speaking to My Medical Mantra, said, “It is a continuous process. We have adopted a sensitive approach towards this and it also included counselling efforts and trained staff. We have trained our primary level staff as well. These are the efforts of many years.”