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Orientation of district level officials & reporting personne, 16th September 2012

Orientation of district level officials & reporting personnel for strengthening monitoring reporting mechanism at State level.

State PC PNDT Cell has organized an Interaction & Partnership workshop with Indian Radiologist and Imaging Association (IRIA) on PC PNDT Act on September 16th at Hotel Excellency, Bhubaneswar. Around 70 radiologists had assembled for the interaction. State Government officials and National Representatives of IRIA also were present.

The State Advisory Committee Meeting, 2nd August 2012

The State Advisory Committee Meeting under PC & PNDT was held on 2nd August 2012 under the Chairpersonship of Commissioner-cum- Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department. The meeting was attended by Senior Health Officials, officers from Law, W & CD Department, UNFPA and Eminent Social Workers.

Raids on USG Clinics

Three clinics were raided in August by the Health and Family Welfare Department for violation of the PC PNDT Act and machines sealed in Jharsuguda, Sanjivani Nursing Home in Sambalpur and The Ultrasound Clinic, Bhubaneswar.

One clinic was raided in September at Talcher and the nursing home was sealed for vilation of the PC PNDT Act. The Executive Magistrate with support from State PC PNDT Cell has taken initiative to lodge complaint against the erring Sevak Nursing Home, Talcher. Media News

Government to cancel licenses of three doctors

SAMBALPUR: The government would cancel the licenses of three Jharsuguda doctors, who were convicted in Januray 2012 for violating the pre-natal sex-determination law.

During a raid in 2009, the three medics, S D Sharma of Sairam Hospital, Beherapat, Ramaniranjan Tripathy of Central Hospital, Mandalia, and Purnachandra Pradhan of People's Charitable Hospital and Research Centre, Belpahar, were found using ultrasonography machines at their private clinics without proper registration.

This, sources said, is against the PC & PNDT (Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Amendment Act, 2002. The SDJM Jharsuguda had convicted them on January 31, 2012 and sentenced them to three years' rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs10,000 each.

They are still in medical practice as they appealed against the judgment. But after this, they will not be able to continue their medical practice.

"As per the order of the government, the district collector has asked me to furnish a report in this issue for the cancellation of medical licenses of Dr. Sharma, Dr. Mishra and Dr. Pradhan," Jharsuguda CDMO Binod Nayak said on Sunday.

"The report is being prepared. It will be sent to the Indian Medical Registration Council which issues licenses to medical practitioners all over the country," the CDMO added.

Section 18 of the PNDT Act states that no person shall open any genetic counselling centre or genetic laboratory or clinic, including centres having ultrasound or imaging machines or scanners or any other technology capable of undertaking determination of sex of foetus, unless it is duly registered under the Act.

The three doctors in question refused to comment on the matter.

Skewed child sex ratio comes under scanner

With the steep decline in child sex ratio due to increase in female foeticide, the State Government has now ventured to devise area-specific plans for pregnancy tracking and monitoring of the ultrasound clinics.

The action plan would be chalked out keeping in view the data on child sex ratio in a particular area and the number of ultrasound clinics in the region.

The system would cover districts, sub-districts, blocks, panchayats, wards in urban areas and villages.

The Health and Family Welfare Department has asked the collectors and the CDMOs to take steps in consultation with the District Appropriate Authorities on PC & PNDT Act to tackle the falling child sex ratio in their respective areas.

The move comes in the wake of the recommendations by the Rajya Sabha Committee to examine area-specific data on child sex ratio, proactively monitor ultrasound clinics and ensure stringent action against violations of the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PC & PNDT Act).

The Committee has observed that the number of ultrasound machines has inverse relationship with the trend of child sex ratio in any given area.

Specific studies should be undertaken to establish the relationship in individual regions.

According to the State Appropriate Authority on PC & PNDT Act, child sex ratio is most imbalanced in regions where the number of ultrasound clinics are highest. The majority of the ultrasound clinics in the State are concentrated in Cuttack, Puri, Bhubaneswar and some in Nayagarh, Ganjam, Dhenkanal and Angul. Of around 600 registered USG clinics in the State, more than 300 are located in these districts.

The link is well established as these districts fare low on child sex ratio. While the child sex ratio has fallen from 953 girls per 1,000 boys in 2001 to 934 girls per 1,000 boys in 2011, in Nayagarh it is an abysmal 851.

The ratio in Dhenkanal, as per 2011 Census, is 870, Angul 884, Ganjam 899, Khurda 910, Cuttack 913 and Puri 924.

The Government has thus decided to intensify pregnancy tracking system across all the districts with the help of ASHA workers, who are engaged in registration of pregnant women.

As per the strategies, the women, whose first or consecutive offspring are girls, would be kept under strict watch.

If they are found to have gone for abortion after the 16th week of pregnancy, they would come under scrutiny and action would be initiated.

The reason is sex of the foetus can be determined only after 16 weeks of pregnancy and abortions after this period strongly points to foeticide.

It is also noticed that many couples report their pregnancy only after 16 to 18 weeks. This implies that they could have gone for sex determination test and finding that the foetus is a male, come forward to seek the benefits and coverage under the schemes.

"While taking into consideration all aspects, the machinery from top to bottom is being reoriented and energised to deal with the menace. District Programme officers have been appointed at the vulnerable districts for strict enforcement of the laws", State Nodal officer on PC & PNDT Act R K Mishra said.

PC PNDT Cell Raids a Private Ultra Sonography Clinic at Narsinghpur, Cuttack

Raids a Private Ultra Sonography Clinic at Narsinghpur

Orientation Workshop for PPC and other health officials at State level on Equity Advocacy and PC & PNDT Act

Name of the Training :- Orientation Workshop for PPC and other health officials at State level on Equity Advocacy and PC & PNDT Act, organized by Directorate of Family Welfare.
Duration :- April 22nd to 24th and 27th to 29th, 2012, May 8th to 11th & 14th, 2012.
Districts covered :- 18 Districts of Odisha with skewed sex ratio namely Ganjam, Dhenkanal, Nayagarh, Angul, Sonepur, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Gajapati, Khurdha, Kendrapada, Bhadrak, Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Balasore, Deogarh, Cuttack and Jharsuguda.
Participants covered :- The number of participants covered were 541.
Sessions covered :- Gender and Equity in Health, Reproductive Rights of Women and Adolescents- Social and Medical Dimensions, PC & PNDT Act and MTP Act - Guidelines and Mechanisms, Roles and Responsibilities of District Appropriate Authority and Complaint Mechanism

Orientation of PPC and other Helth Officials at State Level on Equity Advocacy and PC PNDT

CDMO, ADMO (FW), O & G Specialist, Staff Nurses and LHV (PPC), NGO Representative working on PC & PNDT and Ultra sound performing doctors from district level and MO i/c, AYUSH doctors, PHEO, SA, BPO LHV from the block level. In total 297 participants from 10 districts namly Sonepur, Nayagarh, Jajpur, Puri, Khurda, Dhenkanal, Angul, Gajapati, Jagatsinghpur and Ganjam were covered in the orientation.

The State officials PC & PNDT sealed 1 clinic at nayagarh and 4 clinic at bhubaneswar along with 5 ultrasound machines.

The National Inspection and Monitoring Committee (NIMC), State officials and district administration inspected several clinics/ facilities offering ultrasound diagnostic services in Nayagarh and Khurda district of Odisha on 19-20th Jan 2012,

The team visited total of 6 facilities in Nayagarh and Khurda district and undertook verification of equipment and examination of records under the PC & PNDT Act. The team sealed 1 clinic at nayagarh and 4 clinic at bhubaneswar along with 5 ultrasound machines for violations under the PC & PNDT Act, 1994.

1st conviction under PC & PNDT Act, 1994 in Odisha.

Three doctors has been convicted by the SDJM, Jharsuguda for violation of pcpndt act. The court convicted Dr. Ramani Ranjan Tripathy (C.M.O MCl Hospital) and DR. S.D sharma (Sairam Hospital) and imposed three years impresement and 10,000 fine to each, in other case issued NBW against Dr. P.C pradhan as he was absent during the final judgement.All the casees was filed by CDMO jharsuguda as per the instruction of Mrs. Debajani Chakrabati thethen collector jharsuguda.

17th November 2011, Bhubaneswar

Orientation of district level officials and reporting personnel for strengthening monitoring reporting mechanism at State level.

15th May 2011, Cuttack

Lunching of the project "Capacity Building of judicial officers and other key stake holders" on PC & PNDT act implementation in association with OSLSA, Directorate of Family Welfare (Odisha) and with support of UNFPA on 15/05/2011. Honorable Chief justice of Odisha highcourt Justice Venkate Gowda Gopala Gowda inaugurated the project, in presence of honorable justice B.P. Das chairman OSLSA, honorable justice L. Mohapatra chairman highcourt legal services committee and other honourable judges of odisha highcourt, senior officials of Directorate of Family Welfare, WCD law department and eminent personality of the state.

Sensitization workshop, Bhubaneswar

  1. Sensitization workshop for judicial officers, prosecuting officers, medical officers of Cuttak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur district and all subcollector-cum-subdistrict / appropriate authority on PC & PNDT act implementation on 15/05/2011 at Cuttack.
  2. Sensitization workshop for judicial officers, prosecuting officers, medical officers of Subcollector Nayagarah and Puri district on 31/07/2011 at Nayagarah.
  3. Sensitization workshop for judicial officers, prosecuting officers, medical officers of Subcollector Koraput, Malkanagiri, Rayagada and Nabarangapur district on 20/08/2011 at jaipur.
  4. Sensitization workshop for judicial officers, prosecuting officers, medical officers of Subcollector Ganjam and Gajapati district on 18/09/2011 at Ganjam.
  5. Sensitization workshop for judicial officers, prosecuting officers, medical officers of Subcollector Balasore and Bhadrak district on 30/10/2011 at Balasore.
  6. Sensitization workshop for judicial officers, prosecuting officers, medical officers of Subcollector Mayurbhanja and Keonjhar district on 27/11/2011 at Baripada.
  7. Sensitization workshop for judicial officers, prosecuting officers, medical officers of Subcollector Angul and Dhenkanal district on 04/12/2011 at Angul.
  8. Sensitization workshop for judicial officers, prosecuting officers, medical officers of Subcollector Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Boudha and Baragarh district on 10/12/2011 at Sambalpur.
  9. Sensitization workshop for judicial officers, prosecuting officers, medical officers of Subcollector Bolangir, Sonepur, Nuapada and Kalahandi district on 11/12/2011 at Bolangir.
  10. Capacity Building workshop for Young and equipping lawyer and secretary of DLASA from 19 districts on 22/11/2011 and 23/11/2011 at Cuttack.

23rd December 2011, Bhubaneswar

Last State advisory committee held on 23/12/2011.

 
 
 
 
 
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