Leave a comment

Get sterilised and win a Nano

MEN with dreams of owning a Nano car can now actually hope to get one free of cost! All that they need to do is undergo sterilisation and hope it proves to be their lucky charm. That is the carrot dangled by the Bangalore urban district health officials to get more male participation in the ongoing mass sterilisation campaign.

Interestingly, local MLAs have turned good Samaritans for the cause by sponsoring a Nano car and five motorcycles which have been put on offer through a lucky draw for all male participants who subject themselves to vasectomy surgery. The camp, organised from July 11 to July 24, is part of the Population Stabilisation Week. 

Although the sterilisation programme is State-wide, these offers are limited only to Bangalore urban district. The district officials hit upon the novel idea of providing additional incentive since they were finding it difficult to encourage men to undergo non-srugical vasectomy (NSV) even with an incentive of Rs 1,100 provided by the Centre government.

According to Dr M Thim­mappa, Bangalore urban district health officer (DHO), the new initiative is expected to boost NSV cases to 300. 

The district conducted 697 NSV cases last year, with male sterilisation accounting for only about two per cent of the total sterilisations.

“We routinely hold sterilisation camps once every few months in the district. However, a  majority of the participants are women. We want more men to come forward since it is complication-free and they can go to work the next day itself,” explained Thimmappa.

While the health department will shell out the cash incentive allotted by the Centre government, the local MLAs have pitched in to sponsor the additional gifts. Dasarahalli MLA S Muniraju has sponsored the Na­no car, which will be given to one lucky winner. 

Yelahanka MLA S R Vishwanath and K R Puram MLA Nandish Reddy N S ha­ve assured to finance three mo­torcycles and two motorcycles, respectively. 

When women undergo ste­r­ilisation, they have to take re­st for a week. This not only causes inconvenience to her family but could also lead to co­­mplications since it is an invasive surgery.

Two motorcycles will be reserved for one male and one female health worker, who br­ing at least 10 NSV cases. Even the zilla panchayat president of Bangalore urban dist­r­ict has come forward by off­e­r­ing Rs 1,000 each to five he­alth workers, who motivate and bring more number of cases. The lucky draw and prizes will be  announced on July 25 and the gifts will be distributed on July 28, informed Dr Th­im­m­a­ppa.

But wooing men with gifts in addition to the government’s cash incentive is not new to the district. Last year, the district gave a quartz watch (Rs 315), a steel plate (Rs 110) and a steel glass (Rs 36) along with Rs 1,100 incentive to each person after undergoing the NSV procedure at KR Puram Hospital. The camp created a record in the district’s history by conducting NSV on 72 men.

Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district was the first district in the country to win over men by luring them with Nano car, moto­rcy­cles, TV sets and mixer-grinders.

(Published in Deccan Herald on 14th July, 2011; Page 1 anchor)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

blanketflower

Life is a learning curve

Satyanveshi

A record of my writings, observations and fresh perspectives

Dr. Soumyadeep B

Caffeinated Works & Random Musings

Desi Golfers

A Desi tryst with Golf

trail of papercuts

This blog features a mix of posts about the arts, cultural management, digital communications for non-profits, art galleries, think-tanks, and cultural institutions. Follow me on Twitter @culture_curate

Lulu's Tactics

A record of my writings, observations and fresh perspectives

PHARMACEUTICALS AND HEALTHCARE

A record of my writings, observations and fresh perspectives

Food Tech Updates

A record of my writings, observations and fresh perspectives

Apothecurry

Ills, Pills And Attendant Thrills

%d bloggers like this: