WhatsApp message to Delhi health minister helps bust illegal sex determination racket


Delhi’s health minister Satyendra Jain received a WhatsApp message tip-off informing about illegal sex determination tests being carried out in a private city hospital on Friday. This message prompted the authorities into action. A team of the health department officials were dispatched to check the hospital right after health minister received a message that the tests were being carried out in the reputed Kukreja Hospital in Rajouri Garden.

Delhi’s health minister Satyendra Jainreceived a WhatsApp message tip-off informing about illegal sex determination tests being carried out in a private city hospital on Friday. This message prompted the authorities into action. A team of the health department officials were dispatched to check the hospital right after health minister received a message that the tests were being carried out in the reputed Kukreja Hospital in Rajouri Garden.

The city administration directed suspension of license of the private hospital and sealed two ultrasound machines, after it was found that the hospital was carrying illegal sex determination tests.

A five-member team inspected the records of Kukreja Hospital in presence of the SDM and found that records were not maintained properly. It was found during checking that mandatory sections of Forms F, which are required to be filled under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Regulation and Prevention of Misuse Act, before conducting tests of pregnant women, were left blank. “Even the names of doctors who referred patients for getting ultra sounds were found missing from the forms,” said the official.

The team which conducted the check has submitted its report to the health minister, who has directed the authorities to initiate action against the hospital, including suspension of its licence and imposition of a hefty fine under the relevant provisions of the PNDT Act.

“Minister has also directed the officials of the health ministry to intensify surprise checks across the national capital and crack down on hospitals, nursing homes and laboratories, which are carrying out such illegal activities,” Nagender Sharma, government spokesperson.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-whatsapp-message-to-delhi-health-minister-helps-bust-illegal-sex-determination-racket-2084400

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