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Govt cracks whip, seals 11 ultrasound machines

The Delhi government has sealed four ultrasound machines at Diwan Chand Diagnostic Centre on Thursday.

delhi Updated: Jun 09, 2012 00:05 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The Delhi government has sealed four ultrasound machines at Diwan Chand Diagnostic Centre on Thursday.

A team of state programme officials for the Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act in Delhi government's directorate of health and family welfare, subdivisional magistrates of various districts, legal representatives and state medical council members have been raiding diagnostic centres across the city and have sealed 11 machines in the past one week.

"The centres need to follow all the rules and regulations that are there for running ultrasound machines under the Act - from registration of machines to maintaining records, among others. Our officials will act, wherever there's any discrepancy and the raids will continue," said Dr AK Walia, state health minister.

The health department team has been conducting raids at diagnostic centres in various parts of the city and have raided several centres, including the ones in posh south Delhi colonies of Hauz Khas and Green Park. The department has sealed machines and rooms and suspended certificates wherever they have found any inconsistency in the data. A couple of centres have also received showcause notices.

"The most recent centre where machines were sealed was Diwan Chand on Thursday morning. We spent more than two hours scanning the records and found discrepancy in the forms that are mandatory to be filled before an ultrasound is conducted," said Dr Shelley Kamra, state programme officer for PNDT Act.

According to the PNDT Act 1994, sex determination, selection of an unborn child is a punishable offence.

The child sex ratio in the Capital has dipped in the past decade with 914 girls per 1,000 boys. The aim of the government behind cracking a whip on the diagnostic centres is to improve the skewed ratio.

First Published: Jun 09, 2012 00:04 IST