The NFHS-5 showed a decline in sex ratio at birth, Maharashtra government has taken the findings very seriously and conducted a three day training of civil surgeons, corporation and district appropriate authorities from Dec 17-19 for strictly implementing the PC PNDT act.
According to NFHS-5 finds the number of children born in the last five years in Maharashtra has seen a drop by 11 points according to the findings of the National Family Health Survey 2019-20. The sex ratio at birth stands at 913 girls/1000 boys as against 924 girls/1000 boys according to NFHS 2015-16. The state’ health department’s latest provisional data based on the civil registration system (CRS-which tracks births and deaths) for 2018 also shows there are 60 blocks in 11 districts in Maharashtra, where the ratio at birth has declined to less than 900 girls/1000 boys.
Advisory committee meetings that could not be held due to the Pandemic will now have to be held before Jan 10, it was recommended at the three day workshop organised by the state government along with UNFPA.
Vidush Chaturvedi, Director , PC-PNDT, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare presided over the workshop while Dr Archana Patil, Director , Health Services, was also present. It had at least 146 participants and among the recommendations included the need to initiate online registration of genetic counselling centres, genetic clinics and genetic laboratories from January 2021.