Now civic body will authorise abortion centres

Pune doctors heaved a sigh of relief after the State Family Welfare Department decentralised the procedure for registration Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) centres. Doctors said they could now directly approach the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for registration of centres.

Commenting on the department's move, joint director for state health services V D Khanande said, “Decentralisation will not only increase vigilance, but will help us initiate quick action against illegalities.” Seconding Khanande’s opinion, President for the Indian Medical Association- Pune (IMA-P) Maya Tulpule said several doctors have been waiting for years now to get their centres registered, and the new system should help cut down on further delays in issuing permissions.

The state department also asked the PMC to form a committee to keep a vigil on the MTP centres apart from governing the registration process. PMC Medical Officer Anjali Sabne said, “The newly formed committee will discuss the applications and check whether an applicant has submitted the required documents or not. After we receive an application, a team will visit the clinic or site where the proposed MTP centre is to be established. 

A meeting will be held ever three months to discuss the applications we receive. The committee comprises PMC medical health officer, a member each from IMA, Sassoon Hospital Gynaecology Department, Pune Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, Family Planning Association of India, Institute of Health Management, Pachoda, and me as the medical officer of the committee.”

The procedure
The committee would be scrutinising the application upon receiving one. After inspecting the required documents, necessary to run the MTP centre, a PMC team will visit the facility to check whether it meets the criteria or not, following which a report will be submitted to the committee. Based on the report, the committee will either authorise the centre or send back suggestions to eliminate the lacunae.

272 Number of MTP centres falling under PMC’s jurisdiction

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