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Ministers tour Beed, warn doctors of stern action

MUMBAI: After getting a special permission from the state election commissionhealth minister Suresh Shetty and women and child development minister Varsha Gaikwad toured areas of Marathwada, including Beed that has been the epicenter of a spate of illegal abortions and sex determination tests. Shetty told reporters in Beed that doctors indulging in illegal abortion and sex determination tests have shamed the state internationally.

He said the state was considering certain steps to look into faster conviction of erring doctors. “Two public prosecutors and private lawyers will be appointed in all districts to look only into Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) and PCPNDT cases. Zilla parishad officials have been told to start the process,” he said, adding expenses will be borne by the state.

The ministers had to take special permission to visit the area as the model code of conduct is in force due to assembly byelection at Kaij in Beed district

Shetty also warned doctors that any slip-up, no matter how minor, in filling up of form F will be dealt with sternly. “Small mistakes also will attract action, and those feigning ignorance of laws will not be spared,” he said. He also said that ultrasonography centres that have been sealed would now have to display boards saying they are non-functional.

While Shetty held a series of meetings with public health officials at the civil hospital in Beed, Gaikwad visited and met the affected families. She also visited Parli taluka, where Dr Sudam Munde carried out the abortion of Vijaymala Patekar (23) in his hospital. She succumbed to excessive bleeding and is survived by four daughters. “The state will look into taking care of the education and securing the future of Vijaymala’s four daughters,” she said.

Minister of state Fauzia Khan said the state was looking into equipping anganwadi workers with cell phones so that they can track pregnant women and update information accordingly.

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