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Female child ratio up in district

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COIMBATORE, OCT. 30. The number of female children in the district has risen to 946 per 1,000 male children this year. This is against the 934:1000 in the previous year, according to a release from the Deputy Director of Health Services, V. Veerapandian.

It attributed the rise to sustained efforts on the part of the health department in close monitoring of scan centres where the sex of the foetus could be detected. The entire exercise was aimed at preventing female infanticide that contributed to imbalance in the ratio.

Medical officers of Primary Health Centres were assigned the task of scrutinising records containing details of pregnant mothers and results of scanning. All the 30 scan centres in the villages had been brought under scrutiny.

The centres were also warned against informing the mothers whether the foetus was male or female.

This had resulted in the number of female children going up this year, the release said.

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