Now, preg­nancy re­port­ing a must

In a bid to curb sex tests, civic body asks pri­vate doc­tors to record all preg­nan­cies they come across

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Somita Pal

Now pri­vate doc­tors have to com­pul­so­rily re­port all preg­nancy cases that are re­ferred to them. This data will be sub­mit­ted to the cor­po­ra­tion on a weekly or monthly ba­sis. Ac­cord­ing to the authorities, this is to keep an eye on the sonog­ra­phy cen­tres that women go to check on progress of the foetal growth.

Dr Asha Ad­vani, spe­cial of­fi­cer, fam­ily wel­fare depart­ment, Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion said, “ We used to do this ear­lier to check the ante-na­tal care given to women in the city. But this will also help us to im­ple­ment the PCPNDT act strin­gently in the city.”

The re­port sub­mit­ted to the cor­po­ra­tion will in­clude in­for­ma­tion about the pa­tient’s con­di­tions, such as if she is high risk pa­tient and so on. In the The re­port that will be sub­mit­ted to the cor­po­ra­tion will in­clude in­for­ma­tion about the pa­tient's con­di­tions such as if she is high risk pa­tient and so on re­port the doc­tor needs to men­tion the num­ber of pa­tients re­ferred for ob­stet­rics sonog­ra­phy and the num­ber of pa­tients re­ferred for med­i­cal ter­mi­na­tion of preg­nancy (MTP). “The record main­tained by the doc­tor will have the name of the pa­tient with ad­dress, ob- stet­ric his­tory, doc­tor’s name and ad­dress of the sonog­ra­phy cen­tre re­ferred to, weeks of preg­nancy, whether MTP was ad­vised, whether MTP was con­ducted and pa­tients’ sig­na­ture,” said Dr Ad­vani.

Mum­bai’s child sex ra­tio fell from 922 girls for ev­ery 1,000 boys in 2001 to 874 girls for ev­ery 1,000 boys in 2011.In con­trast, the child sex ra­tio in the sub­urbs slipped from 923 girls for ev­ery 1,000 boys in 2001 to 910 girls for ev­ery 1,000 boys in 2011.The drop in the num­ber of girls in the city is al­most four times that in the sub­urbs.

Mean­while, the cor­po­ra­tion is hold­ing reg­u­lar meet­ings with the doc­tors on PCPNDT norms. It had seized 35 sonog­ra­phy ma­chines in the city in last two months. Though the ma­chines were seized for mi­nor pa­per­work er­rors, the authorities have de­cided to sus­pend reg­is­tra­tion and asked the con­cerned doc­tors to file an ap­peal.

The In­dian Ra­di­o­log­i­cal and Imag­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (IRIA), gen­eral sec­re­tary Dr Jig­nesh Thakker said, “Many of our col­leagues whose sonog­ra­phy ma­chines were sealed, have al­ready ap­pealed. The authorities have promised that they will look in to the mat­ter and re­lease the ma­chines at the ear­li­est. The ma­chines were seized be­cause of in­com­plete pa­per­work and cler­i­cal mis­takes. If they do not re­lease it soon, we plan to ap­proach the court.”

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