Union MoS seeks data on pregnancy in minor girls, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Nashik: Union minister of state for health and family welfare Dr Bharti Pawar on Friday sought data of all minor girls, who are either pregnant or have delivered babies lately in the district.

Pawar visited the Nashik civil hospital where a special diagnostic camp for children in age group of 0-17 has been organised.

Speaking to the media, Dr Pawar said that there were reports about the minor girls being married off during the recent times and early pregnancy is affecting their health.

“We are concerned with the lives of these minor girls, who have been married off early. I have come to know about several cases from the rural areas and hence, have asked the district health officials to provide the data of such instances,” she said.

The reproductive system of minor girls is not developed sufficiently and hence, pregnancies at such young age are inadvisable. They could also lead to complications. If the mothers are weak, they could have weak babies. It could lead to malnourishment in the mother and the child.

There are chances that early pregnancies could cause permanent damage to the health of these mothers. At times, these can even prove fatal for both the mother and the baby.

“If we have to stop all this, it is important to get the idea of such cases and take corrective measures related to monitoring of health,” Dr Pawar said.

“The law against child marriages is very clear. If there have been a large number of such marriages in the recent past, then there is a need to increase the intelligence gathering. Everyone has to take efforts to ensure the health of such minors is focused upon,” Dr Pawar added.

After reviewing the data, the minister said that she would take this up on the larger scale across the state and take up the issue with the state government and even across the country as well.

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