New Delhi: It could give you goosebumps if you find the person operating ultrasound machine is not professionally fit as scores of people working at medical care centers are said to be unskilled or semiskilled. But don’t fret as the Union Health Ministry has pulled up shocks to streamline the operation of ultrasound clinics which will allow only trained medicos to man the sonography. The government has also taken decision to keep a tab to check female foeticide. 

The government is going to overhaul the entire ultrasound system to plug the loophole in running diagnostic clinics. Pre-conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique (PC&PNDT) Act allows the doctors to operate ultrasound on the basis of one year experience. Now, they cannot conduct ultrasound test without completing six month special training.  

According to sources, only a MBBS doctor will be eligible to perform such practice. The Ayurveda or other degree holding doctors will not be eligible for the same. Only MBBS doctors will be considered eligible for special syllabus. The doctors holding degrees in Radiology and Gynecology will be exempted from this.

“In order to increase the skilled ultrasound professionals in the country, such step is being taken,” said a senior official of Health Ministry.

The Central Supervisory Board of PC&PNDT Act has given approval for this proposal. As per the guidelines of the ministry, Medical Council of India (MCI) has not only prepared a detailed syllabus of 300 hours but also made arrangement for giving approval to the training institutes.

As per the proposal, the institutes providing such training can get nod on the basis of availability of infrastructure, equipments and academically sound teachers.
Indian Radiological and Imaging Association, Director General Jignesh Thakker, said, “Our country has approximately 50,000 registered ultrasound centers, but number of skilled radiologists is below 12,000.”

Health ministry has notified few amendments to the PC&PNDT Act in regards to ultrasound. Manoj Jhalani, Joint Secretary of Health Ministry explains that the registration fee for Ultrasound Machines has been increased from Rs 3, 000 to 20, 000 by making amendments to the PC&PNDT Act. Also, an ultrasound professional can practise at two centers in only one district.

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