Health dept officials seal four private ultrasound scan units


Berhampur: The Health and Family Welfare department officials on Saturday sealed at least four privately run ultrasound scan units in Ganjam district for violating the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act.

The ultrasound units have been sealed with the recommendation of the National Inspection and Monitoring Committee (NIMC) on PCPNDT, said additional district medical officer (family welfare) and district’s nodal officer on PCPNDT, Sukanti Mishra.

The NIMC along with the state committee and local officials of health and family welfare department raided at least three diagnostic centers in the town yesterday.

The national monitoring panel has also recommended for issuing of warning to another center as it also violated some provisions of the Act.

“We will apprise to the district collector on the development. The show cause notice will be issued to the center’s owner,” she said.

During their inspection, the panel found that one of the diagnostic center was running the ultrasound machine, despite expiry of its registration, while other center was conducting ultrasound scan without being referred by appropriate doctors and violating the Act, she said.

The illegal sex determination tests though the device, however, was not reported, sources added.

Under the PCPNDT Act, an ultrasound machine gets registered for five years and the registration has to be renewed every five years. However, for the renewal of registration, the applications have to be submitted at least 30 days before the permit expires.

The ultrasound machines are functioning in the center, without getting renewal, sources said.

Similarly the ultrasound scan cannot be done without reference of any authorised doctor.

In Ganjam district, as many as 29 registered ultrasound machines are operational in different diagnostic centers and three government hospitals including MKCG Medical College and Hospital, City Hospital, district headquarter hospital here and sub divisional hospital at Bhanjanagar.

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