GAIBANDHA, Jan 14: Speakers at a function here today urged the journalists of print and electronic media here to play a significant role in making family planning (FP) activities successful through publishing positive reports in their respective media.
The speakers were speaking at a workshop for the journalists on the conception of small family, nutrition, safe motherhood, pre- and post-natal healthcare and other topics relating to FP at the Zila Parishad auditorium of the district town at noon.
Information and Education Management (IEM) of the Department of Family Planning (DFP) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare organised the workshop at the management of district family planning office.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) M Abdus Samad addressed the workshop as chief guest and Civil Surgeon Dr Nirmalendu Chowdhury was present as special guest while Deputy Director (DD) of DFP M Dewan Morshed Kamal presided over the ceremony.
The function was also addressed, among others, by Sadar Upazila Family Planning Officer M Yousuf Ali, Medical Officer of Maternal and Child Health Centre Dr Sekendar Ali, acting District Information Officer Sabiha Akter Lucky and Dissemination Officer of IEM unit Farida Yeasmin.
The speakers said that the rate of population growth in Bangladesh is 1.37 per cent but the growth rate has come down considerably due to different activities of the DFP.
They also emphasised the need for inspiring all couples to adopt long-term and permanent methods of family planning for reducing high fertility rates.
DC M Abdus Samad, in his speeches, said media workers could play vital role through disseminating the important message of 'not more than two children, but one is better', among couples.
DD of DFP here Dewan Morshed Kamal, in his concluding speeches, thanked the journalists for attending the workshop and sought their cooperation in this connection.
A total of 40 journalists working in different media from the district took part in the workshop.