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Online form to check female foeticide

india Updated: Jun 23, 2006 00:17 IST
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IN ORDER to put an effective check on female foeticide, the mandatory ‘Form-F’, containing detailed information and medical history of pregnant women, will be soon made online.

The State Government move is to ensure that gynaecologists and genetic counselling centres (GCC) do not furnish wrong or incomplete information about pregnant women before referring them to ultrasound clinics. Moreover, the district health department will soon launch a PNDT (Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act and Rules) website under which the Form-F will be made available on the Net.

The District PNDT Committee will also issue a circular in this regard to all the 42 ultrasound centres, four assisted reproductive technique centres besides two genetic laboratories and genetic counselling centres.

“Apart from maintaining the hard copy of Form-F, the gynaecologists and genetic counselling centres will be asked to daily fill (online) Form-F of each pregnant woman before referring her to the ultrasound clinic.

In this way, the committee will be able to make on-the-spot verification of the patients’ details and ensure that wrong information is not being furnished in the Form-F,” said PNDT nodal officer Dr Kalim Akmal.

Dr Akmal said the mandatory Form-F will contain a woman’s name, address, medical history, cause for referring to the ultrasound clinic and period of pregnancy. It is to be filled up by gynaecologists and GCCs and a copy of it is to be sent to the PNDT Committee every month for verification. “Normally, verification work continued for days, which helped ultrasound clinics to conduct sex determination test. But if the Form-F is made online, the details will be verified immediately and we will be able to identify the centres conducting sex determination test,” he added.

Dr Akmal said the committee has also planned to conduct a series of raids on gynae clinics and ultrasound centres following complaints that they were not properly maintaining the Form-D and Form-F records apart from hiding information with regard to ultrasound tests, he added.

The committee has decided that registration of all those ultrasound clinics will be cancelled in case the details in Form-D and Form-F were found to be incomplete.

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