APP44-060221 PESHAWAR: February 08 - President Dr Arif Alvi being briefed by Provincial Minister and ACS, KP regarding population welfare measures, at Governor House. APP

PESHAWAR, Feb 08 (APP): President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday said the collaboration of health and population welfare departments was vital for promoting family planning and maternal health as the growing population was likely to adversely affect the economy, environment, health, education and quality of the people’s lives.

The president made these remarks during a briefing on the population welfare steps being taken in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa here at the Governor House.

The meeting was attended by Dr Faisal Sultan, SAPM on Health, Shaukat Yousafzai, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Labour and Culture, KP Additional Chief Secretary, Secretary Population Department and Secretary Finance, Director General of Population Welfare KP and other officials.

The president was briefed about the steps being taken for the population welfare/control and maternal health in the province.

President Alvi underscored the need for proactive involvement of Ulema and religious leaders for promoting population welfare and healthy family norms.

He emphasized for timely legislation regarding population welfare and asked the KP government to take necessary measures to promote family planning as a basic human right.

He also said that appropriate communication strategy should be devised by engaging media in dissemination of relevant information regarding family planning.