Sex ratio: 16 teams to monitor scanning centres

Teams will visit hospitals with most cases of pregnancy termination, says DC

Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim has said that 16 teams have been formed for the effective implementation of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act.

“The teams will keep a tab on the working of the scanning centres and hospitals in the district and check whether sex determination tests are being conducted during pregnancy. The teams should visit these centres twice in a month,” instructed the officer.

Speaking at a meeting, he said the teams should also diligently maintain the needed documents and follow the statutory requirements.

Finding violation cases
“The focus should be on cases related to termination of pregnancy. The teams will visit hospitals where the number of termination of pregnancy is high and then find out where the scanning was done for the women. If any instance of violation of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act is noticed, then action will be initiated against both, the hospital and the scanning centres,” warned Ibrahim.

The DC said that the teams should also look into the scanning centres that have been operating without permission from the authority concerned and submit a detailed report to the district administration on the illegally operated scanning centres along with the machineries used at the centres.

The decision to form 16 teams was taken following a meeting chaired by Ibrahim to discuss ways to check the decline in sex ratio among children below six years of age in the district. The teams will include the district health officer, the women and child welfare deputy director, the surgeon of the district Wenlock Hospital, the resident medical officer, the Superintendent of Lady Goschen Hospital, the taluk medical officers, officials from various departments and members of NGOs.

Report on statistics
District Health Officer Dr Ramakrishna Rao said that the Mangaluru City Corporation officials, officials from the town municipal councils and taluk panchayats will submit a report on the number of private hospitals, clinics and scanning centres operating within their jurisdictions. “In Form 1, the officials have to write the names of the nursing homes, addresses and the number of beds in the hospital. In Form 2, they have write the names of the scanning centres, the owners’ names, the addresses, and the number of scanning machineries at the centres,” explained the officer.

During a press meet later, the deputy commissioner said that the ratio of 947 girls for 1,000 boys in the age group below six years in the district as per 2011-12 census was a matter of concern. “The prevailing system has failed to monitor the activities of scanning centres. Hence, 16 teams have been formed,” he explained.

The 16 teams have been empowered to conduct sting operations to record the evidences on violation of PCPNDT Act, the DC added.
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