In its bid to check the misuse of ultrasound machines, the district administration on Thursday made it mandatory for patients to produce Aadhaar or voter ID cards at ultrasound centres before undergoing sex determination tests.
The move, the officials insist, would go a long way in keeping a check on illegal sex determination tests. “It would be compulsory for patients to produce photo ID cards such as Aadhaar or voter card. It could later be used for investigating purpose,” said Raj Shekhar, district magistrate.
The move was necessitated after the DM found anomalies at an ultrasound unit in a community health centre (CHC) during a routine inspection.
The team of administrative and medical officers headed by district magistrate found that the records at the CHC’s ultrasound were not maintained and poorly kept.
“We also found that the majority of mandatory form ‘F’ that contains details of patient and also the diagnosis were incomplete. There were hardly any details of patients mentioned,” said the DM.
While the additional district magistrate (ADM) has sought explanation from the in-charge doctor of the ultrasound centre, the DM said a team would carry out surprise raids at all ultrasound centres to ensure the implementation of the new system. “Strict action would be initiated against those found not complying with the orders,” he added.