Sonography machines at veterinary centres under government scanner

Animal husbandry dept has made their registration with the respective health dept officers compulsory to prevent their misuse for sex determination

To avoid their misuse for determination of sex before birth, the state government has brought sonography machines at veterinary diagnostic centres across the state under its scanner.

The government had been contemplating a move to get sonography machines for veterinary purpose registered, after a possibility of their misuse was brought to its notice. Pic for representation/thinkstock
The government had been contemplating a move to get sonography machines for veterinary purpose registered, after a possibility of their misuse was brought to its notice. Pic for representation/thinkstock

The animal husbandry department has made registration of these machines with the respective officers of the state health department compulsory, for regulating them under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostics Techniques (PCPNDT) Act.

As of now, sonography machines at private and public hospitals/diagnostic centres/ medical colleges are registered with the government. Similar machines are also used in private and public veterinary hospitals/diagnostic centres/ colleges, but the government does not know the exact number and their locations.

A government resolution issued on Friday states that the government had been contemplating a move to get sonography machines for veterinary purpose registered, after a possibility of their misuse was brought to its notice by the family welfare department.

The owners/operators of sonography machines will have to submit an affidavit saying that they will not use them for sex determination of human foetuses and they will have to declare the commitment on display boards in their respective centres.

The machines will also have stickers saying only for veterinary purpose. Like hospitals for humans, the veterinary clinics will have to register transfers of employees, create awareness against human sex determination and allow inspection of the facility by public health government authorities every three months. Violation, if any, will ensure seizure of the machines and action under the PCPNDT Act.

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