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MCI should suspend doctors violating sex determination law: Azad

Taking note of declining child sex ratio, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said MCI should ensure immediate suspension or cancelling of registration of doctors violating sex determination prevention law.



New Delhi: Taking note of declining child sex
ratio, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday said MCI should
ensure immediate suspension or cancelling of registration of
doctors violating sex determination prevention law and sought
boosting the system for its implementation in the states.

Addressing the first meeting of the newly reconstituted
Central Supervisory Board of the Pre-conception and Pre-natal
Diagnostic Techniques Act, he also asked professional bodies
like Indian Medical Association to act as watchdogs and
discipline the erring doctors through a "code of conduct".
He said Medical Council of India should take cognizance
of practice of sex selection and determination and selective
abortion and ensure that guidelines for accreditation of
training and experience for medical practitioners are put in
place quickly.

The MCI representative assured the meeting that detailed
framework for accreditation of training and experience would
be put in place on priority.
"MCI should also make sure that registration of doctors
found guilty of violation under the PC and PNDT Act is
suspended or cancelled immediately," the minister said.

He noted that sex ratio imbalance has been a persistent
problem and child sex ratio is showing declined in every
census since 1981, at present standing at 914 girls for every
1000 boys in the 0-6 age group. "There is no escaping the
fact, that we need to change mindsets for the girl child to be
universally desired and nurtured," he added.

While punishments under the Act are stringent, there is a
need to strengthen its implementation structures and systems
in the states, Azad said.

PTI

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