Migrants arrive to board a train to reach their native places in Dhanbad (Jharkhand) and Bihar at a railway station, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. | PTI
Representation image | File photo of migrants at a railway station in Dhanbad waiting to board the special train arranged by the Centre during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown | PTI
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Patna: To prevent unwanted pregnancy, the Bihar Health department is distributing condoms among migrant labourers who are going to their homes after completing 14-day institutional quarantine and those in home quarantine, an official said.

Of the 28 to 29 lakh migrants who have returned to the state, 8.77 lakh people have been discharged as they have completed their 14 day quarantine period. Besides, 5.30 lakh migrants, till date, are living at block and district level quarantine centres across the state.

“Migrant labourers are going to their homes after completing the 14-day institutional quarantine. Since there are chances of unwanted pregnancies, so we properly counsel them (migrant labourers) and give them tools (such as condoms) to avoid unwanted pregnancy,” a senior Health department official told PTI.

The official, who is entrusted with Family Planning in State Health Society, however, made it clear that “it is purely a family planning measure and has nothing to do with COVID-19. As a health professional, it is our responsibility to control the population. We have been taking the support of our health partner Care India to implement the initiative.”

It has been reported from the world over about unwanted pregnancies and it is in this backdrop, the Health department has initiated the step to check unwanted pregnancy, the official said, adding that it is in addition to what the department has been doing on a regular basis.

The initiative would continue till the quarantine centres are closed, he added.

The quarantine centres are likely to be closed by June 15, official sources said.

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The health coordinators have been distributing two packets of condoms at quarantine centres, ASHA workers have been distributing them during door-to-door screening of people in home quarantine.

An official of the NGO Care India, said that “we are providing technical support to the Health department in this initiative.”


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16 COMMENTS

  1. Give. Jobs. To. The. Workers. Both. Male. And. Female. So. They. Are. Busy. With. Work. If. They. Have. Two. Children. Sterilise. Them. Who. Will. Take. Care. Of. Religious. Issue. It. Took. Three. Years. And. Rs. 3.000crore.more.to.immunise.children.fromdiarrehea.because.muslim.will.not.allow.it.on.religious.grounds.be.careful

  2. It’s a great idea, prevention is better than the cure, not only pregnancy but STD’s also, with no work, no relaxation and no money, what better way to spend time (sex), therefore it’s a great gesture of the Bihar health department, kudos to them.

  3. Instead of providing financial supports to the helpless migrants, by providing condoms, the Government is making mockery of their present condition, as if, they are going back to their home only for this purpose. It shows that the mind set of the Bihari Babus are still to be improved and hence, they need counselling.

  4. Instead of providing financial supports to the helpless migrants, by providing condoms, the Government is making mockery of their present condition, as if, they are going back to their home only for this purpose. It shows that the mind set of the Bihari Babus are still to be improved and hence, they need counselling.

    • Yeah.
      People of Bihar, Jharkhand and UP are brainless bunch.
      They don’t know about school but very well know about SEX

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