A device called 'Silent Observer' has been developed to observe how sonography machines are used in hospitals. This new machine has been developed by a software company based in Pune.
The new device might help fight the prevailing practice of female infanticide that is carried out after knowing the sex of the fetus using sonography. There is a law in place in India prohibiting the use of sonography for gender tests, but there is no way to tack the machines themselves. Female infanticide has resulted in a skewed child sex ratio at birth in the country.
However this new device promises to address the issue. ''With an integrated web-enabled solution, we are attempting to facilitate effective implementation of the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act 1994 which was formulated to prevent sex determination and sex-selective abortions. Our solution consists of an online 'F form' reporting system and a device," said Sunil Umrani, MD, VisionIndia Software Exports Ltd.
The pregnant patient fills up the 'F form,' which reveals that the sonography will only be carried out to assess the health of the fetus and not for sex determination. This form is then recorded in the sonography machine.
"The Silent Observer is attached to sonography machine to monitor its use. Nobody can make any alteration or delete the recorded data. It records the entire activity of sonography test, which could be used as evidence if needed," Umrani explained. The form can be filled online at www.letherlivenow.com.