Suresh Shetty says ‘silent observer’ microchip is totally useless


March 18, 2012 , Mumbai Mirror, Jyoti Shelar

The state health department has finally decided to put an end to the usage of the ‘silent observer’ – a microchip meant to deter people from conducting sex determination tests, by keeping a record of the tests conducted.

Calling it completely ineffective, state health minister, Suresh Shetty, said that the piece of equipment, which was being tested in Kolhapur district, will not be made introduced in other parts of the state.

The decision was made at a Pre Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) meeting held this week. “The chip was only introduced because of some over-enthusiastic government officials in Kolhapur,” said Dr Kishore Taori, president of Maharashtra Medical Council. He added that no technology has been developed to interpret the recordings made. “No one even knows how to retrieve the images stored,” said Taori.

“It is also clear that there is a strong nexus between government officials and suppliers of the microchip, which is why its use was being propagated.”

The members of Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRAI) have been opposing the installation of the silent observer, saying that its usage in unethical. The IRAI had also suspended 40-odd members of the association from Kolhapur for installing the microchip. Members say that installing the silent observer is a complete breach of a patient’s privacy.

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  1. Trackback: Jharkhand not learning from Maharshtra- to use ‘silent observer’ (SIOB) « Forum against Sex Selection (FASS)

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