Health dept keeps check over private ultra sound clinics

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mandi
  • Updated: Dec 16, 2014 19:33 IST

Chief medical officer (CMO), Mandi, Dr Deshraj Sharma, in a “Meet with Press” programme revealed that the health department was keeping a vigil over the private ultra sound clinics to check female foeticide and all such clinics had been issued orders and guidelines to run the clinics in future.

Mandi deputy commissioner, Sandeep Kadam, presided over the programme and assured the mediapersons and the health department to take appropriate action over the outcome of the discussions.

The CMO said, “Now, only trained gyneacologist or radiologist can run ultra sound clinics, but the condition is not applicable on the already run clinics, which are operated by trained people, who have undergone special training of six months, or the doctors other than gyneacologist or radiologist using ultra sound machine from last so many years. This relaxation will end in 2017 and conditions of gyneacologist or radiologist using ultra sound machines will be mandatory for every private clinic or hospital after 2017.”

Deshraj admitted that despite both multi drug-resistant (MDR-TB) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR-TB) treatment to tuberculosis (TB) patients, the rising number of TB patients was a serious threat as TB was a contagious diseases. “Treating normal tuberculosis is a long process and treating MDR-TB and XDR-TB takes even longer. Normal TB treatment requires patients to take a cocktail of powerful antibiotics for six months,” said Deshraj.

However Deshraj refused to comment over the failure of the treatment due to fake or counterfeit medicine.

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