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State lens on pre-natal scans

All civil surgeons will have to upload Form Fs, that pregnant women sign before every ultrasound, on the paricular district health society’s website by the fifth of every month.

The state health society will send a letter in this regard to all district health societies in 1-2 days. This is to check violation of Pre-Conception & Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act, 1994.

“Filling up of Form F (a kind of consent from the pregnant lady confirming ultrasound was conducted on her for valid reasons) is mandatory for all ultrasound centres. The pregnant lady or her relatives have to fill up form F, which asks which body part the ultrasound is being conducted on and why, referral letter of the gynaecologist mentioning the reason for ultrasound, and a declaration from both the doctor and the pregnant lady,” said N.K. Mishra, programme officer, state health society.

At present, civil surgeons send a hard copy of these forms to the district civil society. They may now have to upload it on the society’s website.

Despite the health department’s effort to make the system transparent, the Act continues to be violated. District health societies get incompletely filled form Fs. A state health society official said, “District health societies say many clinics are not filling up Form F completely or are giving wrong information. If an incomplete Form F is sent, it means the clinic is hiding facts. We have issued guidelines to district health societies to check whether or not the forms civil surgeons send have full information,” the official said.

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