At the inaugural function of the Bombay Ophthalmologists’ Association FOCUS 2017 conference, Dr Deepak Sawant, State Health minister promised to take up the issue regarding requests of solving the impending demand from the ophthalmologists to exempt eye scan machines from the ambit of the Pre Conception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT).
Dr Deepak Sawant was the chief guest of BOA FOCUS 2017 , which was held at Grand Hyatt Regency, Mumbai on August 12.
At present, the ophthalmologists have to register the ‘A’ and ‘B’ scans machines under the PCPNDT Act so that there is no scope for misusing this technology for determining the sex of the foetus.
Speaking at the inauguration function, Dr T P Lahane, Chief Advisor of the BOA Focus 2017 and Dean of the Sir JJ Group of Hospitals, told Dr Sawant, “The socket of the B scan can penetrate only till 3 cm through which the uterine cavity and foetus cannot be seen. I request the government to consider the ophthalmologist fraternity’s demand to exempt A and B scan machines from the PCPNDT Act.”
On reverting to the request put forth, the minister who shared the dais with renowned ophthalmologists said, “I have brought this issue to the notice of the Union Health Minister JP Nadda. I will be reminding him soon again about the same.”
The minister had come to inaugurate the FOCUS 2017 conference of BOA.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sawant said, “We will definitely raise the demand with JP Nadda, the union health minister. We will also take the help of IT department of the state on the same.”
As a part of the discussions put forth at the minister, Dr Lahane also asked about regulating the prices of the lenses for ophthalmologists and commoners, to which the minister further assured his support.
He also promised to speak to Mr Girish Bapat, Cabinet Minister for Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) regarding fixing of the prices of the lenses.
At the inauguration ceremony, Dr Sawant also felicitated about 26 eminent ophthalmologists from the country with one international guest of honour too. It showcased a documentary about the exceptional work done by the ophthalmologists from the inception of its field and various facets of Mumbai.
In her presidential address, Dr Karobi Lahiri Coutinho announced Dr T P Lahane award for the best free papers presented at the BOA conference to motivate post graduates.
Also speaking at the event, Dr Ragini Parekh, Scientific Chairperson, BOA FOCUS 2017 and Head of the Department of Department of Ophthalmology at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals said, “It is our pleasure to have such experts from various parts of the country for coming in here for spreading knowledge. Hope this unity among all of us remains likewise.”