ALGIERS, The Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, Mokhtar Hasbellaoui, has called on all sectors in Algeria to contribute to disseminating and implementing the national family planning programme for the 2017-2020 period prepared by the ministry.

In a statement read on his behalf by the Ministry’s training manager, Ait Messaouden, on the occasion of the World Population Day Wednesday, Hasbellaoui called for efforts to improve training and involve all the sectors — the youth, the National Solidarity Ministry’s communication units, the imams, the members of the National Commission on Family Planning and the media — in addition to the central role of civil society in the efforts.

World Population Day was observed this year under the theme, “Family planning is a human right”.

The total population of Algeria stood at 42.2 million inhabitants on Jan 1, 2018 against 41.3 million in 2017 and 40.4 million in 2016, the National Statistics Office (ONS) told APS.

The accelerated growth of the population since 2013 todate is estimated at more than one million per year, which could hinder economic growth, Hasbellaoui said, underlining the imperative to popularize family planning, promote desired pregnancies, improve mother and infant health and reduce their mortality rates.

In this regard, the minister called for strengthening the prevention of pregnancy-related disabilities caused by early or late-age childbirth “by involving couples in the family planning programme on a voluntary basis.

The Family Planning Programme introduced in the 1960s, the National Plan for the Protection of Mother-Child Health and Birth Spacing of 1974 and the National Programme for the Control of Population Growth of 1983 are among the priorities of public health, said the minister, who added that the use of contraceptives reached a rate of 60 per cent, or some three million women out of a total of 5.3 million married women of childbearing age.

Source: Nam News Network

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