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Hospitals to keep track of newborns for 15 days

india Updated: Apr 27, 2012 01:40 IST
HT Correspondent

With a spurt in cases of the girl child being abandoned, Gurgaon deputy commissioner PC Meena has issued an advisory to city hospitals, making it mandatory for them to keep a track of all newborns for 15 days, after delivery.

In the last 15 days, three baby girls have been found abandoned in Gurgaon.

This is just another shocking reminder of the city’s already skewed sex ratio of 853 women against 1,000 males.

The overall sex ratio of Haryana is 877: 1000.

The incidents have also shaken up the administration, prompting them to take some serious measures.

Despite huge amounts of money being spent on awareness drives and campaigns, the girl child still seems to be unwanted.

“We have issued an advisory note to all hospitals. From now, they will have to keep track of all deliveries for 15 days. Further, they will have to make sure that the child is with his/her parents. This way we can at least track parents and catch the culprits,” he added.

Private hospitals will submit details of all deliveries, especially those of girls, to the civil hospital and the chief medical officer will be the nodal officer.

The city has two government hospitals — civil hospital and one at Sohna. There are three community health centres, 10 primary health centres and more than 200 private hospitals.

A four-day-old baby girl was found abandoned near a garbage dump at Prem Nagar on Wednesday.

Earlier on April 18, another newborn girl was found abandoned at Dundahera.

She was one-and-a-half months premature and suffering from jaundice. On April 12, a 45-day-old child was found abandoned under a tree at the civil hospital.