In the State level Multi Member Appropriate Authority and State Advisory Committee meeting, it’s revealed that more than 717 inspections were conducted to keep check on sex determination of foetus in the State.
The main objective of this committee was to enforce the Pre Conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994 (P.C. and PNDT Act).
Director, Health Services cum State Appropriate Authority, Dr. Kulbhushan Sood, underlined the need for concerted efforts to creating awareness in the people for improvement of Child Sex Ratio (CSR) and effective enforcement of PC and PNDT Act in the State.
It was also decided that quarterly inspection and monitoring should be carried out for better performance in all the 246 registered ultrasound clinics in the state. For effective tracking of all the pregnancies through the Maternal and Child Tracking System (MCTS), it was decided that data should be collected through the help of multipurpose health workers as they had already been provided mobile allowance for passing timely information to BMO’s for updating data. This data was crucial to know the status of Child Sex Ratio (CSR) in various blocks in the State. He said that an amount of Rs. 5 lakh would be given as incentive money to health blocks for maintaining best child sex ratio in the State. He said that the district courts Una held one person guilty of illegal sex determination and was given three months imprisonment along-with a fine of Rs. 10,000.
Director, NHRM, Amitabh Awasthi, Director Health Safety and Regulations, Dr. H.R Sharma, HoD, Radiology, Dr. R.G Sood, Associate Professor, IGMC, Dr. Bhishan Dhiman, Professor Dr. Ashwani K Sood, Joint Director, Information & Public Relations department, Jugvir Singha and OSD, PC and PNDT Act Dr. Surekha Chopra also deliberated in the meeting.