Friday, November 16, 2007

Female foeticide a serious matter, says Renuka

VIJAYAWADA: The number of female children is coming down alarmingly and the present male-female ratio stands at 1000:800 in some northern states including Haryana, Punjab and South Delhi, according to Union Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdary.

Expressing concern over increase in female foeticides, she said that it was a serious matter. She said an action plan would be formulated to launch a campaign from next month to change the mindset of people and to promote female child birth rate.

The Minister said the Government was encouraging projects with private-public partnership to improve medicare and health programmes for the benefit of the poor. She said a medical team from Padua of Italy would visit the Care and Share home at Budhavaram, near here, and perform surgeries free of cost from December 2 to 12.