The measures taken by the Haryana health department to improve health facilities and punish those involved in female foeticide or determination of sex of unborn child have paid rich dividends as the sex ratio in the state has improved to 881 in 2014 from 875 in 2013.
Better still, in the five districts of Ambala, Kaithal, Panchkula, Panipat and Mewat, the sex ratio has improved to more than 900, an official spokesman of the health department said on Saturday.
Stating that in the last one year, the sex ratio had improved in 12 districts of the state, he said with a view to encourage villages on improving the sex ratio, the state government had started a scheme of "Best village" under which villages that showed positive results were awarded.
With a view to punish doctors and clinics involved in illegal activities like gender detection and female foeticide, the health department has cancelled registration of 37 illegal centres and sealed ultrasound machines at 38 centres between April 2013 and March 2014, the spokesman said.
Besides, seven doctors were convicted under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act and their names removed from the register of the Haryana State Medical Council for five years.
In the last two months, 22 FIRs had been registered for the violation of the PC and PNDCT Act 1994, he added.