A prick in time saves nine. But why, oh, why?

The following piece of news appears in today’s Deccan Chronicle, Hyderabad. It’s a piece of news that might (or might not) gladden the heart of India’s next President to be. But it raises the all-important question: just because they make a lot of money and are so much in the public eye, is it fair to expect the IT industry to take the lead in everything?

Hyderabad, July 11: Hyderabad district health officials will be knocking the doors of corporate and information technology companies to launch a drive for male sterilisation.

Hyderabad district medical and health officer Dr G. Jaya Kumari said, “Vasectomy operations are very few when compared to the number of tubectomy operations and we have decided to launch a drive in the new action plan.”

“We will start with IT companies. We will explain its importance to male staff and tell them that they should come forward for male sterilisation operation surgery,” Dr Kumari said.

In 2007 from April to June a total of 6,365 sterilisation operations were conducted in Hyderabad out of which only 62 were vasectomies. The remaining 4,658 were tubectomies.

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