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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 136-138

Awareness regarding pre-conception and pre-natal diagnostic techniques act among women in a rural community of Puducherry

1 Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Puducherry, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, India

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R Anandaraj
Department of Community Medicine, Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Kadirkamam, Puducherry
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_94_18

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Context: Child sex ratio of the nation has been declining since few decades. Aims: The objectives of this study are to find out awareness about Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) act among ever-married women and to determine their sociodemographic factors influencing this awareness. Settings and Designs: This was a cross-sectional study conducted at a rural primary health center of Puducherry. Subjects and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted at a rural primary health center in Puducherry among 200 ever-married women in reproductive age group. Information regarding their awareness about PC-PNDT Act was collected using a semi-structured questionnaire. Statistical Analysis Used: Chi square-test was done for analyzing the categorical data. Results: Among the ever-married women, about 30 (15%) were not aware about the provisions of PC-PNDT Act, while 170 (85%) were aware about it. No significant association was found between sociodemographic variables and awareness about the Act. Conclusions: Majority of the ever-married women in the study setting were aware of the provisions of PC-PNDT Act.

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