Kakinada, May 20 UNI | 2 months ago

Joint Collector R Mutyalaraju today pulled up District Medical and Health Officer for non-utilisation of funds sanctioned for giving publicity on creating awareness among the people on the health principles.

Reviewing the progress on implementation of the provisions of the pre-conception and prenatal diagnostic techniques (PCPDNT) prohibition act 1994, at the multi member appropriate authority and district level advisory committee meeting held at Collectorate here, he expressed displeasure over the non-spending of Rs 77,000 sanctioned for writing on walls all the health slogans and asked the DMHO to issue show cause notice to the erring official. He also called for explanation from the DMHO itself for the lapse.

The Joint Collector directed the committee members to conduct intensive checks on the ultra sound scanning centers to prevent the preconception and prenatal diagnostic tests. If anyone found violating the provisions of the act,the scanning machines should be seized with the help of the police and revenue officials and also register criminal cases against the scanning center owners. Constant monitoring and surveillance should be kept on the scanning centers. Awareness campaign should be taken up under the jurisdiction of primary health centers and health sub centers wherever the male and female child birth ratio was not equal and female child births are less. Special attention should be paid on those areas where the female child ratio was less than 853 for 1,000 male child, he added. The Joint Collector further advised the people to report to toll free phone number 1800 425 3365 if any clinic or scanning center found performing preconception and prenatal determination tests for initiating prompt action. Additional Joint Collector Markandeyulu, incharge DMHO Pavan Kumar, RDOs of Rajahmundry , Kakinada, Peddapuram, Ramachandrapuram and Rajahmundry were among those that took part in the deliberations.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)