THE Government must address the birth control problem now because the country’s resources cannot keep up with the birth rate in Papua New Guinea.
Sumkar MP Ken Fairweather yesterday said this while commending the 2014 Budget as one of the best but did not agree that year in year out all governments seemed to forget the national population sustainability plan and the problems that came with it.
Mr Fairweather said the Government only needed K1 billion to allocate for the national population sustainability program to address the birth rate of PNG.
He said this was one issue affecting and contributing to the poor standard of living for many simple and ordinary Papua New Guineans.
He said if the Government seriously addressed this issue it would be a solution to all population and budget problems being faced.
“It is a good budget but the problem I have with this budget and the previous ones is that the population growth is not addressed. There is no national money allocated for birth control,” Mr Fairweather said.
“The Budget is very good but there is a problem, with it, which is also the same as previous budgets – it does not address the population growth rate of Papua New Guinea,” Mr Fairweather said.
“The Government in its budget missed out the national population sustainability plan.
“This will only cost in my opinion K1 billion per year.
“There is no national government money allocated for birth control and I appeal to the Government to please listen sometimes to advice and include the national population sustainability plan to control birth rates in the country.
“Once this is addressed effectively we will then improve the standard of living for all Papua New Guineans.”
Mr Fairweather said to lead by example, in Sumkar, he has introduced a birth control mechanism whereby women received implants that will control bearing a child in four to five years.
He said he has so far successfully assisted 1,500 women get the implant and hopes to reach 5,000 by end of this year.
“We get 30 a day, sometimes 70 and if every district in all provinces of Papua New Guinea follow this birth control mechanism, then in five years we would have controlled not having five million more people, to then add onto the burden of our budget,” Mr Fairweather said.