Licences of 5 sonography centres suspended
JAIPUR: Buoyed by the presence of actor Aamir Khan who visited the city on Wednesday to plead for speedy trial of female foeticide cases in the state, the district administration swung into action and suspended licences of five sonography centres here.
Taking stern action against the centres which were found violating the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal and Diagnostic (PCPNDT) Act 1994, which prevent sex determination and female feticide, the district administration also seized records of the five sonography centres.
“These centres were found violating the PCPNDT Act. Those hospitals and sonography centres violating the Act will not be spared. More action through surprise raids will be conducted in next few days by the district administration,” district collector Navin Mahajan said.
The centres which faced action are RN Diagnostics Centre and Shefali Hospital in Vidhyadhar Nagar, Soma Maternity and Child hospital in Khatipura, Lifeline in Brahmpuri, Dr Yasmeen Syed Clinic in Ramganj Bazaar.
“These sonograhpy centres did not submit the monthly records of the sonography to the chief medical and health officer’s office which is compulsory as per the PCPNDT Act,” a district administration official said.
The records should contain personal details of each patients on which sonography are conducted at the centre. There is a Form F in which a patient has to fill the information which including how many children she has, age and details of pre-natal medical tests.
Mahajan also conducted a meeting with chief medical health officer (CMHO Jaipur I) O P Thankan and CMHO (Jaipur II) Yatinder Singh and attended by other district administration and medical, health and family welfare department officials to focus on the steps to be taken for preventing female feticide in the city.
“From now on, we have decided to take a compulsory pledge from couples who come for marriage registration that they will never go for sex determination of their fetus,” Mahajan said.
Married couples will have to take a pledge in writing that they would not be involved in sex determination and will not differentiate between a girl and a boy in every respect including education.