PC-PNDT: Docs to be allowed only 2 ultrasound centres; 8-fold hike in registration fee
Doctors conducting ultrasound examinations will have to restrict themselves to two ultrasound centres as per a new notification of the Government of India.
The government has notified three amendments to the Pre-Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act that include the hike from Rs 3,000 to Rs 25,000 for registration of an ultrasound centre and informing a month in advance of any changes like purchase of a new machine at the centre.
The government notified these important amendments in a circular on June 5. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said it is committed to strengthening effective implementation of the PC-PNDT Act to address the declining female to male ratio at birth in the country,the result of female foeticide.
The drive to curb sex determination tests has been intensified through effective implementation of the PC-PNDT Act.
While 17 states with the most skewed sex ratio at birth have been identified for concerted attention,as per the new amendment each medical practitioner qualified under the Act to conduct sonography will be permitted to be registered with only two ultrasound centres. The ultrasound centre registration charges have been hiked from Rs 3,000 to Rs 25,000.
As per another amendment,changes like purchasing a new machine or changing a radiologist at an ultrasound centre have to be notified to the appropriate authority implementing the Act. Earlier such changes could be notified a month after they were actually introduced.
Meanwhile,intensified monitoring and inspection of sonography centres and abortion centres from June 5 in Maharashtra have led to authorities sealing 226 ultrasound machines and derecognising of 224 Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) centres.
Dr A Khade,in charge of the PC-PNDT cell at the state family welfare bureau,said that a total of 20 ultrasound machines were sealed in Aurangabad Municipal Corporation limits and 25 in Nashik.
Car used by Beed doctor couple seized
Beed police claimed to have seized the car that doctor couple Sudam Munde and Saraswati Munde had used while they were on the run for 25 days. The car is in the name of a person who is into the business of giving vehicles on hire. He had registered a police complaint that his car was stolen as the Munde couple had failed to return it within the stipulated time,police said without revealing the mans name. The police are on the lookout for their driver Parmeshwar Ankushe and the owner of a medical store owner,Sanjay Soni, who was with the Munde couple while they were on the run. The Munde couple are now in police custody.
Inspection teams fan across district
As many as 34 teams have been set up across Pune district to check sex determination tests. District civil surgeon Vinayak More said that sex ratio at birth was falling more rapidly in Shirur,Haveli and Baramati talukas as compared to other talukas. A total of five sonography centres have been sealed in the district,and six MTP centres shut down,More said. A workshop will be held on June 23 to sensitize revenue and other officials from taluka levels on effective implementation of the Act.