Healthserve Migrant Brothers 01

During the first two Healthserve service sessions, I have learnt about the importance of communication. What happened was that we were meant to go to visit the Healthserve center in Little India, but due to miscommunication between our school and the center, our trip ended up being canceled. During the lesson that we were meant to go to the center, we brainstormed some questions for one of the guys (Willy) at Healthserve to answer. The following week, we finally managed to go to the center, when we were there, we were given insight on what the Migrant Brothers go through. We also tried to plan ways to

The following week, we finally managed to go to the center, when we were there, we were given insight on what the Migrant Brothers go through. We were informed that a lot of the Migrant Brothers didn’t want to come to our school to interact with us, this is because they were confused with why they had to get onto the bus. So we had to come up with a compromise between our school and the center. Willy came up with a solution and said that we could visit the center during Wednesday, Thursday and Friday block 3, lunch and block 4. There was a problem for some of us because we don’t have a free block during that period. I am willing to go to the center during a free block, but my only block 3 free is on Monday.

 

How much power should the Government have to control fertility?

I believe that a government should have some control over the fertility rate of a country depending on the situation. If a country is failing to keep up with the rapidly increasing population, then I do believe that a government should take control. A country that has done this would be China. I do believe that China did the right thing to limit the number of births to one child, but I don’t think that it’s right to force people to get abortions and sterilise them to keep the birth rates low. It is said that the reason why China implemented the one-child policy was that the world was becoming overpopulated. So out of all the countries in the world China “Took one for the team” and decided to reduce the number of births within the country. This is where I agree with what China’s Government has done as it is an action that benefits everyone on this planet.

However, I strongly disagree with the harsh punishments that were put into place just so that they can reduce the population. I think that it is inhumane to force someone to get an abortion or sterilise their citizens. People have the right to choose how many kids they have. Now some may say “If the Government didn’t force abortions or sterilise them, then people will still have the incentive to produce more babies”, I agree with the statement, but I believe that fining citizens more and strongly enforcing this fine across the country will do enough. In the end, China’s efforts were successful in reducing the population and if they didn’t take all these courses of action, China’s population may still be growing at a rapid rate.

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