Govt Officials Encourage Population Control, Hint at Food Security and Other Problems Due to Population Expansion

Afghan officials from health, economics and statistics sectors say that Afghanistan’s growing population and lack of control have caused problems such as food insecurity, increased poverty, shortage of drinking water, air and environmental pollution, lack of proper education and unemployment of youth for the future of Afghanistan.

Addressing a news conference held on the eve of World Population Day in Kabul on Thursday, Ahmad Javid Rasuli, the head of Central Statistics Organization said that the total population of the country is about 32.2 million people in the current year, of which 15.8 million are men and 16.4 million are women.

24 percent of the population live in cities and 71.3 percent in rural areas and about 4.7 percent of the population is Kuchi (nomads), as per Ahmad Javid.

Meanwhile, Mustafa Mastoor, the Minister of Economics said that the ministry took up implementation of unfinished work of the International Conference on Population and Development. To realize SDGs 2030, he said that realistic steps should be taken to reach those people who are left behind so that they can regulate the health and reproductive rights of all.

Speaking at the conference, Diwa Samad, Deputy Minister for Policy and Plan at Ministry of Public Health emphasized that in 2003, 10 percent of Afghan women used modern Birth control pills “contraceptives” which currently reached 20 percent.
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She further added that, the number of women who were losing their lives due to pregnancy related causes has decreased from 6600 people to 661 individuals in 2016.

World Population day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989

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