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SPECIAL EFFORTS NEEDED TO BALANCE SEX-RATIO: CM

Thursday, 24 May 2018 | PNS | Dehradun — To balance the sex ratio, special efforts are needed to be done and a comprehensive awareness campaign should be launched in the State for the purpose. Further tracking systems in all the ultra sound machines operational in the State should be attached within three months. These orders were given by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat during a review meeting with the officers of medical health and family welfare, women empowerment and child development departments at state secretariat on Wednesday. Senior officers of all these departments were present on the occasion. On a stern note, the CM said that child birth figures at the Health Department hospitals and Aanganwari Centres should be cross matched for getting a true picture of sex ratio. He suggested that the respective District Magistrates (DM) should keep an eye on suspicious difference in number of new born boys and girls and take necessary steps. He further said that boards displaying ‘Gudda Guddi’ should be put up at all the hospitals and strict action should be taken against sale of abortion pills without prescription from a competent doctor. The CM also underlined the importance to encourage institutional delivery. Rawat ordered that for ‘Ayushman Bharat’ Scheme, preparations should be done in time. The comprehensive insurance scheme would be launched on August 15 this year. The CM issued instructions to all the Chief Medical Officers (CMO) to visit the CHC and PHC of their respective districts at regular interval to take stock of the facilities being provided and submit a monthly report. On Char Dham Yatra, Rawat said that taking into account record arrival of pilgrims this year, proper facilities must be ensured at all four shrines and along Yatra route. Rawat asked the officers to identify places for deployment of 111 new ambulances for 108 ambulance service. Reminding the officers about ‘ Vision 2020’ of his government, he said that a target to bring the mother mortality rate down to 100 per 100000, the child mortality rate down by 30 per thousand and child ( below Five years)  mortality rate down to 36 per one thousand has been taken. The Principal Secretary Radha Raturi told CM that the performance of ‘Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana’ is better than national average in the state. She said that nutritious diet given only to malnourished children would now be given to all children in Aanganwari Centres. Raturi highlighted the need for having better coordination between ICDS, Rural Development and Women Self Help Groups. Secretary, Health, Nitesh Jha said that against sanctioned posts of 2716 medical officers in the state health department, 2266 doctors are now working. He said that online registration in 43 hospitals and Tele Radiology facility in 35 hospitals has started.

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