Bangalore: Private hospital arrested for offering ‘unauthorized’ medical training and illegal sex determination
The Bengaluru Urban District Administration issued a show cause notice to Sparsh Super Specialty Hospital on Tuesday after authorities discovered authorities were providing fetal medicine training to students in an “unauthorized” manner.
Fetal medicine training involves equipping doctors to perform prenatal tests, provide treatment, and perform surgeries in the area of obstetrics and gynecology. Officials said the hospital was neither affiliated with the Karnataka Medical Council nor had it been authorized by the state government to do so.
#Bengaluru The urban district administrator is sending a notice to Sparsh Super Specialty Hospital for offering “unauthorized” training in fetal medicine revealed during an official visit to break the illegal sex determination that was allegedly carried out there. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/eDBmKLIruB
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The advice was issued by Dr GA Srinivas, head of health for the urban district of Bengaluru (DHO), after a team of officials he was leading visited the hospital. A senior health official said Indian express that the team was originally formed to investigate violations of the Pre-Conception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PCPNDT).
“Upon arriving at the hospital, it was revealed that training in fetal medicine was also being offered to students in an unauthorized manner,” an official said.
In addition, the team found that authorities had also violated guidelines issued for hospital testing of pregnant women. “Although it is requested to download form F (the mandatory record related to the pregnant woman undergoing ultrasound with information including name, address, previous children with their gender, obstetric history) before each ultrasound, it was found that the team here was uploading them together every night.In addition, the fetus was displayed on a large TV inside the room, which helps parents determine the sex of the offspring to being born, which constitutes a major violation of the law, ”explained the official.
The investigation committee consisted of Dr Leela (radiologist at KR Puram government hospital), Dr Vijay Sarathy, Dr Shilpa, Deputy Director of DIPR (Department of Information and Public Relations), Pallavi Honnapura, Bengaluru North Taluk Health Officer Dr Ramesh and Vasanth Kumar of Vision Bengaluru Confidence.
The district administration recently decided to carry out needle-stick operations at diagnostic centers in Karnataka to gather details of those who illegally offer ultrasound sex tests. The team had since worked with ASHA workers to impersonate pregnant women and visit these centers on a random basis.