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    Mangaluru: State health minister, Dinesh Gundurao said that there is a need for a review to check whether amendments should be made in the law to prevent female feticide.

    The minister told reporters, that there is a need for a stringent law to prevent female feticide. “I have directed the department to take necessary measures to prevent female feticide effectively. Further, we are also looking to possibilities of bringing amendments to the law,” the minister said in reply to queries regarding the female feticide racket reported in Mandya.

    “Scanning centres and several other places need to be checked, and there is need for a broader investigation to find out the involvement of all in the racket. Police and the health department should work together on this,” he said.

    On the death of a doctor, who was allegedly involved in a female feticide case, the minister said that the reason for his suicide is yet to be established.

    “We have no specific information whether he was involved in the female feticide case. Let the police and CID conduct a thorough probe. I have visited many places and collected information. The case of female feticide has already been handed over to the CID,” he said.

    Solutions to defunct dialysis units soon, says health minister

    The minister said that the government will think of maintaining dialysis machines in government hospitals directly.

    He said that the tender process for the maintenance of dialysis machines in four zones of the state is in progress, and machines need to be maintained either by the existing agency or the newly appointed agency. If it does not work, then the government will take initiative on its own, he said.

    “The confusion regarding the faulty dialysis units in the state was prevailing even before I took charge as the health minister. The previous government had handed over the maintenance of the dialysis units to two agencies. While one agency discontinued the service halfway, another was not serving satisfactorily. They were not paying salaries, ESI, PF of employees. The government is taking steps to pay their ESI and PF. Meanwhile, initiatives are also being taken to blacklist the agency. We are also planning to maintain dialysis units directly by the government, by procuring necessary machines,” he said, adding that the government will ensure the job security of staff in dialysis units.

    • Published On Dec 3, 2023 at 12:42 PM IST

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