Health department officials have to deal with a vexatious issue as there are no guidelines on how to register an ultrasound machine meant for veterinary purposes. The Pre Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act does not make any reference to the registration of ultrasound machines meant to test animals and hence we have now requested the state PC-PNDT nodal office to formulate guidelines, said Dr Ashok Nandapurkar,a civil surgeon.
A meeting of the District PC PNDT advisory board was held on Thursday,where the issue of registration of these machines was discussed. We received a letter from zilla parishad health officials on the procedure to register ultrasound machines, Nandapurkar said.
Dr Yamini Adbe,a member of the district PC-PNDT cell,who had initiated a sting operation along with a Pune-based couple,allegedly found doctors misusing ultrasound machines meant for veterinary hospitals to determine the sex of foetus in Satara.
According to the rules under the PC-PNDT Act,portable ultrasound machines are not permitted. But,veterinary doctors have pointed out that portable machines are required to conduct ultrasound investigations on animals.
At the meeting,officials also discussed how the ‘F form,which was to be filled compulsorily by doctors to provide the medical history of pregnant women,could be applicable in the case of animals.
It was decided to recommend modifications to the rules under PC-PNDT Act and urged the state PC-PNDT nodal cell to provide guidelines.