Telangana state scored well on family planning in India

HYDERABAD: Among two of the key indicators of female health and well-being, Telangana scored well on family planning. Though it was among the eighth worst when it came to anaemia in women.

In Telangana, 57.2 per cent of women (in the age group of 15-49 years) used various family planning methods. As compared to neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, however, scored low where 69.5 per cent women in AP. Male sterilization, meanwhile, is mere 1.6 and 0.6 per cent in Telangana and AP respectively. Among the states with the highest usage of family planning methods were Punjab and West Bengal with both recording over 70 per cent usage.

While female sterilization is the most commonly used method as per the latest ‘Health Status Indicators Report 2018’ released by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence the usage of contraceptive pills in both Telugu states was in fact negligible 0.2- 0.3 whereas it was as high as 20-26 per cent in few states like Assam, West Bengal and Tripura.

Apart from a unmet need for family planning, the onus of which is largely on women, a high percentage of women in the state were reported to be anaemic. While a total of 56.7 percent of women (15-49 years of age) in the state were found to be anaemic as per the report, 60.9 percent of children in the age group of 5 months to 5 years of age were anaemic.

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