Jammu – To curb illegal sex determination tests and control the skewed sex ratio, authorities here will use an active tracker technology for keeping sonographic machines under check.
Adopting the technology used in Kolhapur district in Maharashtra, authorities here would put sonography machines in ultrasound clinics in Udhampur on the Active Tracker advanced technology equipment.
The district administration in an attempt to balance the sex ratio has adopted a multi- pronged strategy to tackle the menace of sex determination tests which leads to female foeticide.
The District Development Commissioner Udhampur, . PK Pole who is also the chairman of District Advisory Committee under PC&PNDT Act has directed all the government and private operators of Ultrasound clinics to install a gadget called Active- Tracker in their Ultrasound machines so that the data of all ultrasounds conducted in the machine can be visualized by the govt. authorities at any time. For the purpose, all operators of such clinics have been directed to install the Active Trackers within two weeks time.
Issuing instructions to a representative of Magnum Opus Company who has develop this technology, during a demonstration session at District hospital, The DCC asked him to launch a website and server required for the tracking immediately. . Pole further said that Udhampur would become the first district in the state to adopt such technology.
The active tracker would not only keep a record of the ultrasound machines but also connect them online with a central monitoring system and keep check on pre-natal sex determination tests in the district. Udhampur DDC today said the tracker would be supportive in curbing the misuse of ultrasound machines through its round-the-clock tab on them.
The data stored online could be used as evidence in suspicious cases of sex-selective abortions and the data is accessible only to doctors and a few government and company officials. He said the tracker was foolproof and once fitted could not be detached from the machines. “The device will also be helpful in keeping an eye on all pregnant women who try to abort outside the district
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