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Bihar govt mulls measures to check girl child mortality rate

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

Concerned over increase in girl child mortality, the today said it was contemplating several measures to motivate parents to provide good health care to new born girl child.

In a bid to motivate parents particularly of poor section of the society, the state is contemplating to compensate them for wage loss so that they could take their newly born girl child for proper health care after birth, Health minister Tej Pratap Yadav said replying to a short notice question of Tarkishore Prasad in state Assembly.

Yadav further said that the is also working out to provide incentive money to ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) workers to motivate them to take newly born girl child for proper medicare.

The minister admitted that girl child mortality rate has increased by 17 per cent in the past three years in the state.

Giving details, he said a total of 36 Special New Born Care Unit is working in at present and 6 more would be coming soon.

In addition, 550 New Born centres are functioning across the state where medicare is provided, he added.

The minister said that "Beti Rakshak Rath" which was flagged off by recently is spreading awareness among people particularly in rural areas for maintaining good sex ratio in the state.

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First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 18:58 IST