Use of contraceptives up in Pakistan's tribal region

Contraceptive use has increased in the conservative Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Gilgit Baltistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in October-December 2010 compared to the same period last year, the daily Dawn reported Tuesday.

But, its use fell in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan, shows a contraceptive performance report of the Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS).

In Islamabad, contraceptives use declined by seven percent.

The government report said that the contraceptives use clocked a huge jump of 84 percent in FATA, 17.3 percent in Gilgit Baltistan, and a marginal increase of 0.6 percent in Khyber Pukhtunkhawa in the quarter of October-December 2010 over the same period last year.

The increase has been attributed to the “effective campaign for controlling population” in these regions, the media report said.

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