Doc training over, but PMC waits for software to help fill Form F
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A software to help doctors fill form 'F' — a document which records medical details of a pregnant woman under the Pre-Conception and Pre Natal diagnostic techniques Act (PC-PNDT) — is yet to be introduced in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) even though the training for doctors on how to fill up the forms is complete.
Acting chief medical officer of PMC Dr S T Pardeshi admitted that doctors, both in government and private sectors, were given training on how to fill the form but the civic body was yet to receive the software for digitising the form. According to Dr Vaijayanti Patwardhan, head of Garima unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), sonography centres were still filling the forms manually.
So far, 36 municipal corporations and 18 districts are using the government's software and digitised Form F are being used at registered government sonography centres. A total of 32,527 Forms have been filled online and training of civil surgeons in various districts will commence in October, said Dr Asaram Khade, in-charge of the state PC-PNDT nodal cell.
Incorrect filling of the form is among the major violations registered against doctors under the Act. The online software would make it simpler for the doctors to fill the form. However, so far only 40 government centres have undergone trials under the project which was initially launched in January this year at Kandivli-Dombivli municipal corporation centres.
The software programme will be rolled out soon, said Khade. MahaOnline agency has designed the software to record the details of the sonography centres/clinics (both private and government) and those of female patients undergoing sonography tests.
According to health officials in Pimpri Chinchwad, two software programmes - one designed by the PCMC and the other by the state - have been introduced. The PCMC software is currently being used at 103 registered centres.
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