Times of India | 2 months ago | 26-09-2022 | 08:49 am
PANAJI: On health parameters, Goa is counted among the progressive states, yet, when it comes to family planning measures, the responsibility lies with women as in other states. The state family welfare bureau of the directorate of health services recorded just two vasectomies, one each for North and South Goa, last year. Dr Rajendra Borkar, who heads the bureau, said that though there are routine awareness programmes, the male response for family welfare measures is poor. The state’s fertility rate being 1.3 — a sufficiently good count — family planning does not pose a problem. With Goa being literate and progressive, it was expected that men would shoulder the responsibility of family planning, but Borkar said that people can’t be dictated to choose a certain method of contraception. “Anyway, we have a low birth rate. We can’t be telling people to do this and that,” he said. Health experts said that in general men associate vasectomy with impotence and are reluctant to opt for the procedure, and women are left with no choice but to take measures. “Men believe they will turn impotent if they have a vasectomy, but this is not true. Overall we see more tubectomies,” said Dr Rini Naik, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist. Several women also choose to have a permanent sterilisation done immediately after delivery. “Women know the amount of pain they will have to bear while giving birth, and the effort and time they will need to put in to raise a child. So, naturally, they take the initiative where husbands fail,” Naik said. Naik said she has seen cases of husbands not opting for a vasectomy even where their wives had a health condition and ideally should not have been the one to have a procedure done. Another gynaecologist said that since doctors know the trend and find it difficult to convince unwilling husbands, women are counselled to adopt a family planning procedure. Dr Shradha Patil, a gynaecologist who practices in South Goa, said that generally vasectomies are not given much importance in Goa. “We were taught more about tubal ligation. Somehow vasectomies are on the back burner and we don’t know why,” Patil said. Women, she said, are also likely to rely on oral contraception if the husband works abroad and may be home two to three months a year. “Several of my clients have their husbands working abroad and they prefer oral contraction. For a short-term, oral contraceptive is a fantastic method,” she said. Also, the Goan population being well educated, she said, couples choose a natural method of contraception. The abortion rate is also not high is Goa.
Panaji: BJP South Goa in-charge and Union minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship, electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, will hold a brainstorm meeting with BJP functionaries, ministers and MLAs at Margao to chalk out a plan to win the South Goa Lok Sabha parliamentary seat. Chandrasekhar will arrive in Goa on Tuesday on a two-day visit as part of the Lok Sabha Pravas programme.He will be holding extensive meetings with party karyakartas and BJP functionaries from the state. He will also meet the legislators and ministers of the state.The Union minister will visit the district office at Margao and meet the chairperson and councillors of the Margao Municipal Council and sarpanches, deputy sarpanches and elected representatives of South Goa panchayats and zilla panchayat.Discussions will be held on the progress of Central government schemes in the region.
PANAJI: BJP South Goa in-charge and Union minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship, electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, will hold a brainstorm meeting with BJP functionaries, ministers and MLAs at Margao to chalk out a plan to win the South Goa Lok Sabha parliamentary seat. Chandrasekhar will arrive in Goa on Tuesday on a two-day visit as part of the Lok Sabha Pravas programme. He will visit the district office at Margao and meet the chairperson and councillors of the Margao Municipal Council and sarpanches, deputy sarpanches and elected representatives of South Goa panchayats and zilla parishad. Discussions will be held on the progress of Central government schemes in the region.
Ponda: A portion of the ceiling of the Tisk-Usgao PDA market collapsed recently. However, no one was injured in the incident.Suresh Naik, who runs a restaurant at the market, had a lucky escape. Naik was cleaning vegetables on a bench, and moved to pick up some plastic bags littered on the floor. Soon, the plaster fell at the spot where he was earlier seated on the bench.The two-storey market complex houses 36 shops, with fish and vegetable vendors occupying the ground floor and a 900 seating capacity hall on the first floor. There have been three such incidents, including in 2018 and July 2021. The complex is in a dilapidated condition for over 15 years, and poses a threat to vendors and visitors. The market occupants have been demanding a complete reconstruction of the building.The building was constructed between 1992 and 1994 during current Ponda MLA Ravi Naik’s tenure as the chief minister.It is currently under the South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA).
Ponda: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shut down six gobi manchurian stalls found operating without FDA licence at the Kapileshwar jatra in Ponda taluka.After receiving a complaint regarding the stalls, FDA food safety officers visited the stalls and directed the vendors to close activities. Food safety officers Shivdas Naik and Shruti Pilarnekar also dismantled the stalls that were found operating without FDA licence.The FDA stated that the stalls were set up at the jatra despite appeals by FDA not to allow food stalls carrying out cooking activities sans proper sanitary and hygienic conditions and without registration certificate from FDA.Kawlem deputy sarpanch Sushant Kapileshwarkar supported the FDA’s move and appealed the locals not to entertain such unhygienic stalls during jatras.A food safety training and certification programme, mandatory for all food business operators was offered to 70 FBOs by the FDA in collaboration with Taj Hotels trainer, South Goa collectorate and VM Salgaonkar College at the South Goa collectorate hall.As per law, every food business should have at least one food handler trained under the programme. The trainings are organised regularly by the FDA with prior registration on the FDA’s website. The FDA encouraged FBOs to avail the benefit of free of charge courses which will be chargeable later.
Margao: Avedem-Cottambi panchayat has taken a decision to impose a heavy fine extending upto Rs 5,000 on whoever is found dumping garbage in water bodies or roadsides within the panchayat jurisdiction. Village sarpanch Bhupendra Gauns Dessai said that whenever an incident of unauthorised garbage dumping is detected, a police complaint will be filed by the panchayat against the perpetrator and action initiated as per law. “The water bodies in the village have become polluted owing to indiscriminate dumping of garbage,” Dessai said. Referring to a lake in the village which, he said, was once very famous but now has been reduced to a waste dumping area, Dessai said that the panchayat has now engaged labourers to clean it up.“Garbage is also found dumped along the entire roadside from Avedem to Cottambi. I urge the villagers and people from neighbouring areas to help the panchayat in keeping the village clean,” Dessai said. With a view to clean the village of all the blind spots, the panchayat has begun a cleanliness drive. Dessai said that CCTV surveillance cameras will soon be installed at certain places with a view to deterring culprits from dumping garbage into water bodies and roadsides.Several villages of South Goa are facing a challenge in curbing instances of unauthorised dumping of garbage.