After the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) made it compulsory for city doctors using sonography machines to fill forms online giving details of patients, the reporting of sonography procedures has increased about eight times.
In March, the BMC got 61,033 forms online, a leap ahead of the five to seven thousand forms they would get on an average every month.
“We got a total of 4,42,488 last year from April 2011 to March 2012. This is about a lakh more than last year,” said Dr Asha Advani, special officer for BMC’s family welfare department.
Form F has 19 blanks including the basic details of the patient (name, address etc), number of children she has, number of weeks of pregnancy, if she has a family history of chromosomal disorders, if abortion has been advised, and the date at which abortion was carried out.
Since October 31, 2011, the civic body has made it compulsory for sonography centres to register and report F-forms with the website savethebabygirl.com In February, the BMC shifted the data to a new website, www.pcpndtmumbai.org.
The doctors have to fill in all the blanks before the website accepts the form.
The online filling norm was brought about after the 2011 census data showed that Mumbai had an abysmal child sex ratio of 874 girls for 1,000 boys, as against the national average of 914 girls for 1,000 boys.
“We are able to audit the data more easily now. Earlier we had to manually look through each of the forms,” said Dr Advani.
Of the 1,300 odd centres registered with the civic body, around 300 have still not registered with the website.