Bangladesh mulling sterilization of Rohingya refugees

After failing in its efforts to encourage birth control among Rohingyas, Bangladesh is mulling to introduce voluntary sterilisation in its overcrowded Rohingya camps, reports said.

Quoting Pintu Kanti Bhattacharjee, head of the family planning service in the district of Cox’s Bazar, AFP said that large families were the norm in the camps, where some parents had up to 19 children and many Rohingya men have more than one wife.

According to the news agency, district family planning authorities have launched a drive to provide contraception, but say they have so far managed to distribute just 549 packets of condoms among the refugees, who are reluctant to use them.

They have asked the government to approve a plan to launch vasectomies for Rohingya men and tubectomies for women, Bhattacharjee told AFP.


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