RCH creates awareness on declining sex ratio

India, February 07, 2011 – Sakaal Times

PUNE: The phase two of the Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) programme, launched under the flagship programme of National Rural Health Mission, is aimed at creating awareness about female infanticides and sex-selective abortions in Pune.

The RCH is aimed at community-led action in the field of health. It was initiated by the government in around 10 states in the year 2008.

Talking to Sakàl Times, Pune Municipal Corporation Chief Health officer Dr R R Pardeshi, who is also secretary of the RCH programme, said that although sex determination tests have been banned in India, these tests are still carried out surreptitiously in some parts.

“Under the Integrated Health and Family Welfare (IHFW) programme, we are trying to create awareness at different levels, including the medical fraternity and the society. The sex ratio is declining and this issue has to be addressed urgently,” he said. The awareness is created by holding workshops and one such workshop was held at Koregaon Park recently.

Joint-secretary of this project, Dr Kalpana Baliwant, added that awareness about the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act, which prohibits determination and disclosure of the sex of foetus, is being created.