ISLAMABAD - The World Population Day 2014 will be observed today (Friday) across the globe including Pakistan with theme "Invest in Young People today, to ensure a Bright Future".

The United Nations' (UN) World Population Day is annually observed on July 11 to reaffirm the human right to plan for a family. It encourages activities, events and information to help make this right a reality throughout the world.

World Population may simply refer to total number of living humans on earth. According to latest estimates of United States Census Bureau (USCB), world population is estimated to be 7.023 billion.

Countries like China and India together constitutes 37 per cent of the total world population. Also Asia with 4.2 billion people has largest population continent wise. It accounts for over 60 percent of the world population as compared to other continents around the world.

Meanwhile, Population of the district Muzaffargarh is increasing at alarming rate of 2.6 per cent creating severe health and education issues.

This was stated by DCO Shukat Ali while addressing a seminar organised by the welfare department on Thursday. He urged Ulema, social organisations and NGOs to play their due role in creating awareness among the masses about ill effects of high population growth rate.

Addressing the seminar, the district population officer said there were 57 centers of welfare department working day and night at different places in the district to create awareness among married couples, especially women regarding population planning.

managing Maternal , Neonatal and Child Health: Board of Governors will be constituted for managing the affairs of Punjab Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Authority.

This was informed at a meeting of the authority held at Civil Secretariat on Thursday with Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq in the chair. Additional Secretary Health Development Ghulam Farid, Director General Health Punjab Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Additional Secretary Health (Tech) Dr Salman Shahid, Additional Director General Health (IMNCH) Dr Tanvir Ahmad, Provincial Coordinator of Lady Health Workers Dr Javed Umar and officers of Law and Finance Departments attended the meeting.

The participants discussed various matters including recruitment of lady health workers, procedure of disciplinary action, capacity building of staff, awarding commendatory certificates and cash prizes on good performance.

, determining the responsibilities of lady health workers and lady health supervisors, academic qualification for recruitment and the draft law regarding granting of BPS 7 to lady health supervisors and BPS 5 to lady health workers. The Advisor said that the draft laws would be given final shape and forwarded to the authorities for approval.