DHAKA: With the theme ‘Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services’, the World Population Day was observed in the country as well as elsewhere around the globe Wednesday.
Different government and non-government organizations chalked out various programmes marking the day.
As per health ministry data, Bangladesh’s population stands at 15.10 crore and population growth rate is 1.34 percent.
Following the demographic trend, within 50 years the population of Bangladesh will reach a staggering figure of 30.20 crore.
President M Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion.
President Zillur Rahman said, “Population growth is still a matter of grate challenge in developing countries, including Bangladesh due to various social, economical and cultural reasons.”
He added: “But, our government is working to improve the situation by empowering women and creating awareness against population growth among rural people.”
In her speech, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “The present government has implemented a number of policies in education, population and social security sectors in a bid to make the population management a success.”
She urged people to move forward in order to protect mother and child health.
BDST: 1825 HRS, JUL 11, 2012
Abul Kalam Azad, Newsroom Editor
M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor
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