Pithoragarh district that is known for having the lowest child-sex ratio in the hill state, has shown improvement in the same as per the Annual Health Survey (AHS) of 2012.
The district that reported 764 girls to every 1,000 boys in the AHS of 2011, has increased the child-sex ratio to 766 girls per 1,000 boys this time around.
Though the difference is not remarkable, for the state health department, this brings some encouragement.
On Friday, a workshop was organised on the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act in Dehradun.
Nodal officers of every district and teams for enforcing the act participated in the daylong workshop. The participating members were briefed about the recent status of child-sex ratio in Uttarakhand. The health officers also shared how the ratio is getting better in districts like Pithioragarh, which was once reported to be the lowest in the state.
Addressing the workshop, Dr Saroj Naithani, state nodal officer of PC&PNDT said, “The child sex ratio of district like Pithoragarh is improving. The workshop focuses on how child-sex ratio can be improved further.”
Incidently, there has been no difference in the state’s child-sex ratio since it was conducted last time - Uttarakhand recorded 866 girls per 1,000 boys in both the AHS of 2011 and 2012. Significantly, some districts reported a decline in the ratio.
Districts like Pauri, Rudraprayag, Haridwar, Tehri and Nainital reported a decline in the child-sex ratio. Pauri has shown a steep decline from 885 girls per 1,000 boys in AHS 2011 to 870 girls per 1,000 boys in AHS 2012. Tehri too reported 877 girls per 1,000 boys in AHS 2012, down by 890 girls per 1,000 boys in AHS 2011.
Champawat district reported constant ratio in both the surveys.
During the workshop, a sensitisation play to urge the people to save the girl child was also staged. They were also sensitised about various modalities adopted to stop female foeticide.