In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the district that is believed to have lowest sex ratio, health authorities have introduced a new technology, which will not only maintain the record of procedures performed by ultrasound machines on internet but will also keep these under round-the-clock vigil.
Every patient would now have to fill an online form before undergoing an ultrasound scan. The online system would also bring ultrasound machines under 24-hour vigil and it would be connected with the office of the civil surgeon.
Each of nine ultrasound machines in Mansa district will have a chip installed with the machines that would connect these with the operating system at the civil surgeon's office through internet.
Mansa civil surgeon Baldev Singh Sahota said, “The entire system will be made online and record will be maintained by each and every clinic, which is carrying out ultrasound tests. The new technology will prevent foeticide as ultrasound machines will be under surveillance. There are nine ultrasound machines, including one at the Mansa district hospital and eight private ones. All doctors owing ultrasound machines had willingly committed to go ahead with the online process.”
District programme manager, National Rural Health Mission, Avtar Singh said, “The Mansa DC has taken the initiative to start the online tracking system of ultrasound machines and private company, Magnum Opus, has been roped in for the purpose. It will install the chip and machine to track functioning of ultrasound machines.”
It is the brainchild of Mansa deputy commissioner Amit Dhaka who belongs to Rajasthan. “I saw the working of machine at some places and attempted to bring it to Mansa too. But it took around six months to start the process as we first had to verify and understand its working. Later, we persuaded private doctors. Our next step would be to establish the process of record maintenance in each and every laboratory, including those at villages, with a motive to prevent female foeticide.”