Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

World Population Day

INVC,, Delhi,, This year World Population Day falls during a milestone year as we witness the birth of universe’s 7th billion inhabitant.  Addressing a gathering of doctors and nurses, Padmashri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, said that today people are living longer and healthier life and simultaneously the couples are choosing to have fewer children. The increase in number of deliveries by reproductive techniques like In Vitro Fertilisation does not balance the reduced number of deliveries by choice. The provisional population figures of the 2011 census in India suggest that India’s population growth is finally slowing down. The decline in sex-ratio, however, is still a matter of concern. As per 2011 Indian Census, 7.1 million fewer girls than boys were noticed in the age group of 18 to 6 years.   Most of the sex selective abortions are done between 12-20 week of gestation. In developing countries the law should be so modified that termination of pregnancy after 12 weeks should only be on medical grounds and that too in the recognized hospitals.   Many diseases spread very fast in overcrowded places through respiratory droplet and nuclei infections like Tuberculosis, Measles etc. Another disease which is common due to over populated place is rheumatic heart disease which include damage of valve of the heart due to sore throat in children living in overcrowded places.   The normal respiratory hygiene involves staying 3 feet away from people who are coughing, snoring and singing. In India, practically all class rooms, cinema halls and public places do not follow these regimes due to scarcity of space.

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