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Nearly 98 percent sterilizations were on women in 2017-18

Union Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel said of the total 35,68,409 sterilization procedures conducted between 2017-18, only 1.61 percent were male sterilization, while 98.39 were female sterilization.


PTI Last Updated at 31 Jul 2018, 21:07 IST India

Nearly 98 percent of the sterilizations performed in India in 2017-18 was on women, the Rajya Sabha was told today

Union Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel said of the total 35,68,409 sterilization procedures conducted between 2017-18, only 1.61 percent were male sterilization, while 98.39 were female sterilization.

Bihar recorded the highest number of female sterilizations at 4,74,071, followed by Maharashtra at 4,04,178, Gujarat at 3,24,284 and Karnataka at 3,06,232. In Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Karnataka, 2,576; 11,629; 2,203 and 912 men underwent sterilization process respectively.

Madhya Pradesh registered 2,99,274 female sterilisations, followed by Tamil Nadu (2,55,858), Rajasthan (2,45,965) and Andhra Pradesh (1,92,678). The number of male sterilisations in these four states were 3,727; 2,401; 2,559 and 1,153 respectively. In Delhi, 16,514 women and 491 men underwent sterilisation.

In her response, Patel said the government had not commissioned any study on the reasons for this disparity as the family-planning programme in the country was voluntary in nature and the government promotes all family-planning choices equally.

It is the prerogative of the clients to choose a family planning method as per their reproductive rights and the government provides the services free of cost in all public health and accredited private/ NGO facilities as per the demand, the minister said.

The initiatives undertaken by the government to promote male sterilization includes 'Vasectomy Fortnight', which is being observed in November every year across the country to raise awareness. Moreover, training of service providers in no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) is being conducted to enhance the pool of service providers, Patel said.

Under the enhanced compensation scheme for sterilization, the compensation for male sterilization has been substantially increased. A 360-degree media campaign has been rolled out to encourage men to adopt family planning methods, she added.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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