KARACHI: The Health Department Sindh on Tuesday launched a comprehensive crackdown on quack health practitioners across Karachi and issued directives to all doctors to display their certificates properly in their clinics.
Well-placed sources at health department Sindh wished not be named said high-ups of department have launched a comprehensive crackdown against quack doctors across the city who are playing with lives of citizens. These sham doctors have become the real source of spreading Hepatitis, AIDS and other fatal diseases amongst people.
In this connection, the health department has issued necessary directives to all doctors and maternity practitioners to display the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) licenses and attested copies of their MBBS certificates in their clinics and maternity homes.
The health department has planned a comprehensive drive against quack healthcare practitioners with the coordination of direct administration. The vigilance teams have been formed for crackdown on quack doctors and these teams will take stern actions fake health practitioners under PMDC Degree Act 1982, who are running the clinics and maternity homes in the city, illegally.
According to Pakistan Medical Association over 0.6million quacks are operating across the country, a one-third of them in Sindh province.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) has authorized Executive District Officers and Town Health Officers to registered FIRs against quack doctors, while, EDOs and THOs have not been authorized to seal or fine the illegal clinics.
Director Health Karachi Zafar Ejaz, while talking to PPI, said a comprehensive anti-quackery drive has been launched across the city under the supervision of Town Health Officers (THOs) and district administration. He said teams will take strict action against quack doctor who are running the clinics and maternity homes without any certificate and license.
He said the teams will regularly visit different areas of city to check the illegal clinics and maternity homes. He said the drive will continue till its complete success. He said earlier anti-quackery campaigns were launched on several occasions but later stopped abruptly.