Haryana clamps down on doctors over sex-determination tests

June 12th, 2009 - 3:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, June 12 (IANS) With health authorities in Haryana taking a tough stance over low sex ratio in the state, action against doctors indulging in sex-determination tests has intensified.
Haryana’s health minister Kartar Devi said Friday that the names of two doctors of Haryana have been removed from the state’s medical council for five years and 13 other doctors and their assistants have been convicted under Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act in recent months.

“This action is part of the drive against female foeticide,” the minister said here.

Haryana has one of the lowest sex ratios in the country with just 819 females per 1,000 males in the 0 to 6 years category.

One conviction has also been made under Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, health officials said here.

The minister said that 44 cases were pending in various courts against the violators of these acts.

The two doctors, whose names were removed from the state medical council for five years following charges against them in courts, are from Faridabad and Hisar cities, Kartar Devi said.

She said that 114 ultrasound machines have been seized and sealed and registration of 245 ultrasound centres cancelled following raids by health officials. Teams of the health department have conducted 8,919 inspections in various clinics in recent months.

There are nearly 42,000 registered ultrasound machines in the state.

The minister said that the strict implementation of the law had resulted in sex ratio in the upto 6 years category going up from 819 females per 1,000 males in the 2001 census to 854 in 2009.

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