Gangtok, 07 Jun [IPR]: Health Minister Arjun Kumar Ghatani today chaired the annual review meeting of the State Supervisory Board on Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC& PNDT) Act, 1994 at Health Secretariat here today.

The Minister urged board members to convene follow up meetings in regular intervals with the concerned officials in attendance to address issues covered under the PC&PNDT Act.

He further advised the supervisory board to segregate data on PC&PNDT-related medical cases of Sikkimese and non-Sikkimese residing in the State for proper data analysis.

He advised SIEC Bureau to prepare IEC [information, education and communication] material, including videos, on importance and priority given by the State Government to support women’s empowerment and their achievements.

He also sought active coordination and cooperation among board members to achieve the common objective of implementing the Act to save every fetus.

Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Vishal Chauhan, suggested that board members be more pro-active in strengthening and monitoring reported cases for proper data collection.

Further, he advised preparation of a mechanism to match-up data collected by National Family Health Survey and Health Department.

Mr Chauhan also stressed upon initiation of training programme and wide publicity for creating awareness among the general public.

During the discussion, Gynecologist and Pediatrician from Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Science [SMIMS], Sikkim Women Council, officials from Law, Social Welfare and Health Department came out with invaluable inputs.

Earlier, Additional Director, Dr N. Shenga, gave an overview on PNDT status update 2017-18 with a PowerPoint presentation wherein she highlighted salient feature of the Act, punishment and new provision, enforcement of the Act by the State Government, details of USG clinics and machines in the hospitals, sex ratio, supervision and monitoring on implementation of the act, State Appellate Authority and training rules and Directions of Supreme Court of India on various aspects of implementation of the act.