Manipur examining causes of declining sex ratio: H&F director

Newmai News Network
Imphal | September 12

Geographical effect and genetic factor might have been the reasons behind the declining trend of female birth rate in Manipur.
Manipur Health & family director, Dr K Rajo said that a slight reduction in female birth rate is being observed in the state in the last few decades.

Seriously noting the matter, experts are examining whether it was related to geographical or genetic factors, he said.
The director gave the information while talking to reporters at the sideline of a media sensitisation programme organised by the state Health and Family Welfare department on Thursday.

Dr Rajo said that prenatal sex determination is being banned in the state under Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994, an Act enacted to stop female 'foeticide'. He also said that the Act also aims at to arrest the declining sex ratio in India while claiming that the same is being strictly implemented in the state. He added that his department observed one of the factors behind the declining sex ratio in the state is death rate of girl child in the state, particularly in the far flung remote areas of the state.

In the far remote areas, the mortal rate of female baby is high compared to the urban areas of the state, Dr Rajo informed.