Breastfeeding is the most natural practice to prevent unwanted pregnancies, says Arif Alvi.

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ISLAMABAD, July 11: President Dr Arif Alvi has advised the religious scholars and social sector to play their role to promote breastfeeding as the most natural practice to prevent unwanted pregnancies and thus protecting mothers from malnutrition and the country from economic stress.
President said in his message to the nation on World Population Day “Rampant increase in population will always stress the growth of our economy and available resources. This mismatch will keep our nation fighting poverty, poor maternal health, malnutrition & stunting, in a vicious never ending cycle,”
While highlighting what-to-do measures, the president called for promoting breastfeeding as the most natural practice for 24-36 months as per Quran.
“This prevents pregnancy during this period, allowing the mother to avoid malnutrition, & prevents stunting in her child. Ulema have a significant role to play,” said president, who also chairs Population Task Force.
He said in Pakistan, there were four million unwanted pregnancies because of lack of contraceptive availability.
“Our outreach is dismal. Population Task Force chaired by President considers this as the low-hanging fruit that can provide quick results. We are encouraging manufacture in Pakistan,” he remarked.
The president also called for media’s significant role just like it did an outstanding job in promoting standard operating procedures (SOPs) in COVID-19.
He said a comprehensive campaign was also being panned just like the one carried out in all Islamic countries.“It is a National Emergency,” the president said quoting Prime Minister Imran Khan when he had asked him to chair the population task force.

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