A move for effective implementation of PC & PNDT Act

A move for effective implementation of PC & PNDT Act

NAHARLAGUN, Jun 12: A one-day capacity-building cum sensitization workshop on PC & PNDT (Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques) Act for District Appropriate Authority cum DMOs & DEOs, organized by the Directorate of Family Welfare, was conducted here at State Training hall, National Health Mission on Tuesday.

The objective of the workshop was to train the district officials for effective implementation of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act 1994 in their respective districts.

Director of Medical Education, Dr R D Khrime, in his address, requested all the DMOs to adhere to the Act and take all necessary   steps to ensure registration of all ultrasound machines/clinics in the districts to strengthen the PC&PNDT Act.

Stating that though in tribal society there is no discrimination and sex determination is not heard often, he said, however, the people’s mindset is changing rapidly with time. So, to keep vigil and prevent misuse of techniques and violation of PC & PNDT Act, he suggested, the PC-PNDT Act Committee should act tough and do surprise visits to diagnostic centers and do necessary check to find out everything is in order, be it ultrasound machine handler or ultrasound chamber display or   registration of ultrasound machine.

He further added effective IEC activity is needed to do away with this ‘negative mindset’ of the society and the service provider.

Disappointed at slow pace of implementation of PC & PNDT Act in the districts, State Consultant, PC & PNDT Act, Dr P Dutta informed that as per 2011 Census, Arunachal’s child sex ratio is 972 which is better than national average. He added, but as per NFHS 4 (National Family Health Survey) there is grey area of declining trend of child sex ratio in some districts although most districts are doing fine. So, as a precautionary measure the districts have to take up the PC & PNDT Act in most effective way. He directed the data entry operator and district coordinator to do the reporting correctly and send it to State Cell every month on time.

Nodal officer, Dulari Kanya, Dr Bengia Malla while talking about the special scheme announced by the Chief Minister on 15th August 2016 informed Dulari Kanya, which was entrusted to WCD earlier, will be now implemented by the Dept of Health and Family Welfare, and in this regard, handing & taking over at State level has already been done and in districts, it is under process to ensure that the scheme benefited all the girl children of our state.

Dr Oken Yomcha, NO (immunization) informed that to raise the full immunization coverage of the child conditional cash transfer scheme to mothers/families that continues to immunize their child and complete the scheduled vaccinations will be given monetary incentives or compensation is proposed at the rate of Rs 1000 per fully immunized infant to the family so that they are motivated to take further pro-active actions for getting all due vaccines on time before the 1st year. Resource person of ‘AHANA’ also highlighted on universal screening of HIV amongst pregnant women.

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