By Amit Tiwari
Jamshedpur: East Singhbhum health department has launched a campaign against female foeticide in the district.
In order to implement a strict ban on female foeticide, the health department has set up three teams that will carry out surveillance across the district. The three teams comprise doctors, advocates and members of non-government organizations working against female foeticide.
According to the district civil surgeon, East Singhbhum, Dr LBP Singh, the teams will be conducting surprise raids at diagnostic centres in the city and keep an eye on the diagnosis being carried out on a regular basis. The purpose of the raids is to ensure that the diagnostic centres do not turn into illegal sex determination centres, he said.
“Since performing any test aimed at finding out the gender of the child in the pre-natal stage is illegal and punishable under the law, we are going to keep vigil at diagnostic centres through regular inspections,” said Dr Singh.
The special teams of the health department will visit ultrasound testing centres and find out reports that are submitted to the district health department under the departmental rules. Every month report is to be submitted to the health department on the nature of diagnostic tests performed at the centres. If the report is somehow not deposited by any centre, action may be taken against them to ensure strict compliance with the government rules under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.
The district health department has sent a letter to the superintendent of the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital seeking report on the ultrasound tests being carried out in the government hospital on a monthly basis.
Sources said that the MGM Hospital authorities have delayed sending the report to the health department despite repeated reminders. Now the health department has asked the hospital authorities to take the communiqué seriously and send the report as early as possible.
Health department sources said the department is planning to take stringent action against private nursing homes, hospitals and diagnostic centres where ultrasound testing is done. It is being reported that there could be cases of violation of MTPA norms at some places on the basis of delay in filing of the mandatory monthly reports on diagnosis done at the diagnostic centres, sources said. This is why the health department has assumed a tough stance on the issue of female foeticide.
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