Friday, July 22, 2011

3-D, 4-D ultrasound scans make PNDT Act redundant

Pregnant women, attendants can see foetus’ sex on screen

Gurgaon, July 22
The Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994, which was enacted to check female foeticide, has become redundant with the advent of 3-D and 4-D ultrasound techniques these days.

These 3-D and 4-D ultrasound scans, which are readily available at diagnostic centres across the country, enable a pregnant woman and her relative/attendant to see the sex of a foetus on the screen.

Thus, the PNDT Act, which prohibits sex-determination tests, has been rendered practically useless, with 3-D and 4-D ultrasound scans .

Curiously, 3-D and 4-D ultrasound scans are being carried out frequently, though according to medical experts, the conventional 2-D ultrasound examination serves the purpose quite well.

“The 2-D ultrasound scans are adequate for checking the growth and well-being (and disorders, if any) of the foetus and it serves our purpose quite well…Still, people are being lured into going in for 3-D and 4-D ultrasound scans, which are more likely to be misused for knowing the sex of the foetus,” said Dr Smiti Nanda, head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pt BD Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak.

Medical specialists maintain that owners of diagnostic centres exploit the people’s curiosity for knowing the sex of the foetus and charge heavy fees for the service.

Dr Bharat Singh, Civil Surgeon, Jhajjar, has been writing to top government functionaries, including the Prime Minister, apprising them about the gravity of the matter and urging them to intervene.

The PNDT Act also prohibits any advertisements relating to pre-natal determination of sex and prescribes punishment for its contravention.


1 comment:

  1. I have got a 4d ultrasound scan coming up in a couple of days, i have never even hear of that law. With all the clinic that are starting to supply 3d and 4d scan it was ever going to work.