Road test appointments should be made for women who want to take the next step in their pregnancy, but they should not be made at home, according to a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The new WHO guidelines on road test appointments have been issued in a bid to tackle the country’s road safety crisis.
They will apply to pregnancy tests conducted by road authorities, doctors and pharmacists in the next three months.
They have not yet been issued by the state governments, nor has a copy been sent to them.
The guidelines say road test sessions should be conducted by a qualified professional.
The professional should be a registered practitioner who has at least five years of experience in obstetrics, gynecology, obstetriology or neonatal care.
They also recommend that the professional should have no previous experience of road testing and no prior experience of providing pregnancy tests.
The official road test session should take place at a designated time and location.
The WHO has urged states to review their policies to make sure women who are pregnant are fully informed about the tests, especially as they become increasingly available online.
The guidelines say that women should not use a fake pregnancy test.
“It is critical that women have access to accurate pregnancy tests that are free from fraud and misinformation, in compliance with national guidelines,” said Dr S Rangasamy, WHO expert on maternal and neonatal health.
Women who want a pregnancy test should also know how to use it correctly, the guidelines state.
If the woman’s health is in danger due to the test, it is essential that she be advised of her right to refuse or discontinue the test.
The woman should also be advised to follow the instructions of the health professional.
“The best practice is to avoid administering a test at home for a period of time before making the appointment,” the guidelines say.
“This is the first time that a national programme for road test and pregnancy tests has been issued under the Road Safety Promotion Programme.
This will help to ensure that women are properly informed about road safety measures and their right to opt out,” said Rajeev Kumar, deputy director-general of the ministry of health and family welfare.
The health ministry has also sent the guidelines to the state-level governments.