Rustem Khamitov: “Family values should become fashionable”
Improvement of quality of life for families, having kids, and the rise of importance of family values in public consciousness are able to help to solve the demographic problem but for that it is necessary to raise the measures of social support for families with kids and render all-sided assistance to young couples and families with many kids as well as to families, found in difficulties – these problems were the main topics at the widened meeting of the interdepartmental council for protection of families, motherhood, fatherhood and childhood with participation of the President RB.
“Family, kids and inter-family relations are our everlasting values and spiritual health of the whole society depends on these values, so efficiency of family policy is the task of paramount importance” – Rustem Khamitov stated.
The first thing the President RB paid attention to was improvement of demographic situation. Here certain positive changes can be clearly seen, as he said.
“We watch stable natality for the last three years. In 2011 infant death rate has reduced by 3% and mother death rate – by almost 20%. Our indices in this sphere are better than in the country in a whole”.
At the same time birth rate dropped in the Republic too – 13,7 babies per one thousand people in 2011 against 14 per one thousand in 2010. In order to correct this situation Republican authorities work in several directions at once.
Thus, the President RB has reminded that beginning from this year Republican medics will start struggling for life of newly-born babies much earlier than before according to recommendation of the World Health Organization.. Earlier they started nursing babies, weighing from one kilogram and now they will save even the babies with extremely low body mass at 500g.
One more problem is high percent of abortions in the Republic. Thus, almost 56 thousand babies have been born in the Republic in 2011 and the number of abortions has exceeded 24 thousand.
The second important direction is social backing for families with kids. The third one is provision of families with five and more kids with housing. And the fourth direction is more efficient protection of interests and rights of kids. The fifth direction is organization of leisure, rest and recreation of children.
In completion Rustem Khamitov has mentioned that not the growth of indices but happiness of every family and every child is of utmost importance for the Republic. “It should become our key goal” – the President RB has stated.