In a first, Gujarat hospital to waive off delivery charges if it's a daughter

In a first, Gujarat hospital to waive off delivery charges if it's a daughter

Gujarat has a shocking sex ratio of 890 girls per 1,000 boys, which is why the 30-year-old Sindhu hospital in Gujarat has launched this new initiative

In order to improve the sex ratio and to work towards the Central government's 'Save the girl child' campaign, a Gujarat hospital has now offered to waive off the hospital bill if a couple is blessed with a baby girl.

Gujarat has a shocking sex ratio of 890 girls per 1,000 boys, which is why the 30-year-old Sindhu hospital in Gujarat has launched this new initiative. Over 150 couples have already registered for delivery which otherwise carries a price tag of Rs 7,000 for normal birth and Rs 20,000 for a C-section.

"For years, we observed that majority of women who got admitted for delivery hoped and prayed for a boy. Sweets would be distributed on birth of a male child but a girl's arrival would be met with stoic acceptance. The trust decided it was time to celebrate arrival of a daughter," said Mahadev Lohana, managing director of Sindhu Hospital.

Komal Reddy, who has registered for delivery at the hospital, told the Times of India,"There is no girl born in our family since past 35 years. I am praying I get a baby girl."

The hospital has also made a provision to return to the parents Rs 1,100, which it charges as registration fee, if a girl is born. It also celebrates her arrival by throwing a small party for the relatives where a cake is cut and snacks are served. "The country and every community needs to celebrate birth of a girl. Even in Sindhi samaj, there are nearly 850 girls per 1,000 boys. This has to change," said Lohana.

The hospital's initiative is an addition to small but positive measures taken by some hospitals and doctors across the state to 'save the girl child'.

This news report was first published here.

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