Tuesday, May 8, 2012

GMCH surgeon to help reduce birth rate in African countries

Abdul Gani

Guwahati: Well-known surgeon Dr Ilias Ali, who became a household name for his success in popularizing vasectomy in Assam, has been invited by a Florida-based international organisation to spread the message of population control in African countries.

Ali would be a part of No Scalpel Vasectomy International’s (NSVI) mission in African countries to check population.

“It’s an honour for me to spread the message of population control for a better world in African countries. I hope my initiative would help reduce birth rate,” Ali told Seven Sisters Post, before leaving for Nairobi via Mumbai on Tuesday.

Ali, who is a professor of surgery and head of the department of Emergency Medicine and Trauma Centre of Gauhati Medical College Hospital, has been working as a state expert and nodal officer of No Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) since January 2009. Ali would participate in various programmes in Kenya and its neighbouring countries during his stay in Africa from May 9 to 17. “Being an accomplished, committed and experienced NSV surgeon in Assam, I am confident that NSVI and the people of Kenya would benefit from your participation”, Dr Ramon U Suarez, the president of NSVI stated in the invitation letter to Ali.

The Kenyan representative of NSVI, Dr Charles Ochieng, in his invitation letter, said: “NSVI has taken notice of your work in popularizing vasectomy uptake in Assam (India) and we feel we could borrow your expertise and experience.” “It’s also a responsibility for me as they have shown faith in me. I would try to motivate the people with the best of my abilities to adopt the birth control measures,” said Ali, who has so far performed NSV on around 35,000 men in the state. He was also lauded by Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi a few weeks ago for his efforts in reducing birth rate. (Seven Sisters Post)


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