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Lohri of newborn girls celebrated

Satinder Pal Singh , Hindustan Times  Patiala, January 11, 2013
First Published: 20:36 IST(11/1/2013) | Last Updated: 20:37 IST(11/1/2013)

In an effort to protect the unborn girls, who often meets their end in the womb itself, the Community Health Centre, Tripuri, celebrated Lohri of the newborn girls on Friday. Manjit Singh, senior medical officer of the health centre was the chief guest.

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The main purpose of the celebrations was to make people aware of the social evil of female foeticide as the sex ratio is getting unbalanced with each passing day. About 10 girls born at the health centre last month were presented with gifts, including blankets, by the chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Manjit Singh said women have been playing important and different role in their life. He quoted example of several important women who had brought honour to the country. "Even our holy books preach equal status to women."

Dr Manjit Singh said a round-the-clock gynaecology ward has become operational in this community health centre six months back. The centre had top-end equipment and specialist doctors were available for treatment.

He added that the number of patients in OPD ward has gone up from about 50 to over 250 every day, while the health centre has a capacity of 30 beds.

Talking to the Hindustan Times, medical officer Dr Anjana Gupta (gynaecologist) called upon the people to raise their voice against female foeticide. She also sought cooperation of NGOs in this regard.

Speaking on the occasion, Anjana Gupta said such functions and participation by parents of girls should serve an example, especially for urban areas where cases of female foeticide were reportedly on the rise. She exhorted people to make the campaign against female foeticide a mass movement and work for changing the mindset of people.

Medical officer Rajneet Kaur added that some time back no one has taken such an initiative. "Everyone celebrates Lohri when a baby boy is born in the family, but not for girls. We are encouraging the birth of girl child," she added.

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