Sassoon General Hospital flouting PCPNDT norms?
Following a complaint registered on state government's website, Amchi Mulgi, the committee appointed by Health Department of the Pune Municipal Corporation found that Sassoon hospital was not complying with the norms of Preconception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act
PMC officials checked four sonography machines at the radiology department and three other departments on July 6 after the complaint. Officials found many violations in the record-keeping system. After the initial checks a notice was issued to Sassoon hospital. However, PMC has not taken any action yet, and has played down the matter.
“We had sent a notice regarding fulfillment of some norms according to PCPNDT Act. We have received their reply and they have cleared all the lacunae. There is no question of lodging a case,” said Dr Kishor Pakhare, from PMC.
However, contrary to Dr Pakhare’s claims, when MiD DAY visited Sassoon the following violations were noticed by the reporter: There was no registration certificate at the waiting area, the board that states that sex determination is a punishable offence was missing, non-availability of the Act book in local language, the board regarding the punishment for violators was missing from the Sonography room.
D G Kulkarni, superintendent of Sassoon Hospital said, “I don’t have any information about it, I think around 90 per cent of the lacunae have been taken care of.” However, a senior officer from the state PCPNDT department said, “PMC should have sent a notice and if the hospital does not comply, the civic body can seal the machines and file a case.