- In 2016-17, 8,261 women and 14 men are sterilised up to February
- Government campaign to promote vasectomy proves futile
- Men are not coming forward to undergo family planning operation
- National Family Health Survey conducted in 2015-16 shows that the percentage of male sterilisation in the country has dropped to 0.3 from 1.0 in 2005-06 and the percentage of female sterilisation is 36 in 2015-16 while 37.3 in 2005-06.
In 2016-17, about 8,261 women and 14 men were sterilised up to February. Dr Jaladi Saraswati, a gynecologist said, “In our society, giving birth and taking care of children are treated as the responsibility of women.
In many families even now, men do not help in even pacifying the crying child. In fact, it is not that men are against women here, it is the women in the family see it as a ladies affair and manages on their own. Also there is a belief for ages that men lose energy very quickly if they undergo vasectomy. So, men are taking advantage of the belief and avoiding the surgery.
Dr J Yasmin, district medical and health officer, said, “In the last few years, we have conducted a number of campaigns to promote vasectomy than the tubectomy.
With tubectomy the woman may suffer bleeding, infection, nausea and fatigue for a few days, but in vasectomy the man can attend his regular duties within hours and infection rate is zero for it. Though the government offers various benefits like offering about Rs 1,100 for men who voluntarily comes forward for the vasectomy, they are not coming forward. We are also planning to reintroduce the campaign for male sterilisation, but requires more number of surgeons in the district.”
The government has taken up a number of campaigns to create awareness in the public that women are undergoing a lot of strain and pain in tubectomy apart from the side effects that even cost their life in rare cases. Surprisingly, the statistics of National Family Health Survey conducted in 2015-16 shows that the percentage of male sterilisation in the country has dropped to 0.3 from 1.0 in 2005-06 and the percentage of female sterilisation is 36 in 2015-16 while 37.3 in 2005-06.
In the state, only 0.6 percent of men were sterilised when 68.3 per cent of women were sterilised. In urban areas, 65.6 per cent of women underwent tubectomy, while just 1.2 per cent men underwent vasectomy. In rural areas, 69.5 per cent of women are sterilised while only 0.3 per cent men were sterilised.http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Health/2017-04-20/Men-shy-away-from-vasectomy-/294707