Among suggestions made for checking prenatal sex determination are:
Police presence outside suspect ultrasound clinics and hospitals
An online complaint forum to allow people to inform on erring clinics
Mapping of districts, identification of problem regions and analysis of data to determine causative factors
Tracking sex ratio through data collectio
The nation, it seems, is in the sickroom this monsoon. Hospitals in Delhi are overcrowded with dengue cases, running into a few thousands, and last week, more than 75 cases were detected on a single day. Outbreaks of chikungunya have been declared over the last two months in as many as 14 states. Doctors in Mumbai are worrying over a major malaria epidemic.
HIV-positive cases in children on the riseIt’s an alarming fact that has made the Union health ministry sit up and take notice: data from across the country is showing a rise in the number of paediatric HIV cases. Of the 2.5 million people with HIV in India today, four per cent are below 15 years.
Iodine deficiency diseases on the rise againIDDS, or Iodine Deficiency Disorders, have never been on the government list of priority health issues. Till now, that is. A recent cross-country study by the Directorate General of Health Services, Indian Council of Medical Research and state health directorates have thrown up alarming figures.