BMC seals 4 USG machines in 2 days

Pratibha Masand | TNN

Mumbai: Following a check on medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) and sonography centres, BMC’s survey teams have sealed four ultrasound machines over the past two days.

They sealed the machines after they found two centres on Wednesday and two on Thursday flouting the
rules under the PCPNDT Act. “On Thursday, we sealed a USG machine in Kurla and another in Malad. In Kurla, the doctor was not
registered, while in  Malad, the machine  was not registered,” said
BMC’s executive health officer Dr Anil Bandiwadekar. “On Wednesday too, we sealed a machine in Dadar as no proper record was maintained. The same day, we found another USG machine in Andheri (E) that was not registered,” said Dr Asha Advani of BMC’s PCPNDT cell.
The civic crackdown started on Wednesday, when the BMC formed 24 teams; each team, comprising an assistant medical officer, a post-partum specialist, a gynaecologist or paediatrician and an NGO member, has been assigned to each ward. Bandiwadekar said the teams had been told they should not harass the centre officials unnecessarily. “They are supposed to check that the doctor concerned, the
machine and the centre      are registered and all the related papers are in place,” he said. “If the centres have minor faults, we will send them notices, asking them to plug the holes. We are      sealing only those machines where the centers are flouting major rules.”
The teams visited around 70 centres across the city on the first day of the campaign; there are 400 MTP and 1,339 sonography centres in Mumbai. Bandiwadekar said once all the data are collected from the centres in Mumbai district, they would be compiled and submitted to the state government.

‘Act against illegal units’

Sandeep Ashar | TNN

Mumbai: Even as the state public health department sought legal opinion on the feasibility of banning all standalone sonography units in the state, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Thursday he did not favour a blanket ban.
Chavan said his government had no plan to “trouble” legal sonography centres. “Action will be taken only ag-ainst those where sex determinations and illegal abortions are conducted,” he said. The CM hinted that a strategy to tackle the menace could emerge following a meeting of public health department officials with representatives of the Indian Medical Association, Maharashtra Medical Council and representatives of various medical streams on Friday. The CM plans to discuss the matter with health ministry.
Chavan said the “Silent Observer” model was being considered. Under the model, USG devices of a district will be linked to main servers and radiologists will have to file details of tests. Chavan said, “A balance has to be struck bet-ween a patient’s privacy and the right to curb misuse.”

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