Portable Ultrasound Machines To Be Banned

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As per the Union health ministry, registering portable ultrasound machines, is in violation of the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PC & PNDT Act), which allows ultrasound machines to be portable only within the premises of hospital or clinic registered under the Act.

The ministry has mooted a proposal to ban such “on call” machines – a move crucial to save the girl child.

It will be taken up at the Central Supervisory Board (CSB) meeting in Mumbai on January 14. CSB is headed by Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and his counterpart in the women and child welfare ministry Krishna Tirath.

India has about 35,000 ultrasound clinics. Census 2011 showed that India’s child-sex ratio had dipped to 914 girls against 927 per 1,000 boys recorded in Census 2001 – the worst dip since 1947. India has shortlisted 18 states that are worst affected. [From TOI]