Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 27:
Vasectomy (male sterilization) programme launched in Odisha to promote family planning and birth control measures has failed to register success as it accounts to merely three percent of female sterilization in the state, the health department revealed.
The male sterilization drive in India launched in 1952 has failed to meet the desired goals even after 64 years.
If the statistics are anything to go by, the programme has failed in 14 districts in the state.
According to the Health department report, the drive is being successfully implemented in 16 districts – Balasore, Bargarh, Bolangir, Dhenkanal, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Khurda, Koraput, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Puri, Rayagada and Sundargarh in the state where other districts have failed to reach annual target.
Koraput district has topped the drive as per the last four years’ statistics of the state followed by Rayagada while Nuapada drew a blank.
While 3254 men went under the knife in the year 2011-12, 2397 in 2012-13, 1923 in 2013-14, 2065 in 2014-15, 2374 men underwent vasectomy in 2015-16, the statistics revealed.
From 2012 to 2016 only five men have been sterilized in Angul and nine in Deogarh, it added.
Notably, the vasectomy week will start on November 28 and continue till December 4 while the awareness week is going on starting from November 21 and will end tomorrow.