THE HEALTH Department has initiated a crackdown on quacks starting with an FIR against a Unani practitioner. Coming down heavily on the quacks, coordinator of the Urban Health Plan Dr Gagan Gupta, referring to the fake Unani practitioner, said, “He was administering anabolic steroid, which even the MDs use judiciously; he had no allopathic degree; how can he give such a medicine?”
An FIR has been lodged against Dr Salim at the MG Road police station after a team led by SDM Dr Kaushal Bansal, following a complaint by Upper Collector Renu Pant against him, raided his premises and found gross violation of rules at his Shradhdha Clinic in Juna Risala area.
IMA Indore unit president Arun Agrawal said, “The problem of quacks operating in the society is very huge, particularly in the rural areas; people should realise that short-cuts can be very much harmful to their lives.”
Claiming that there are more than 1,000 quacks operating in the City, Dr Agrawal said, “We have over 3,000 registered practitioners; why do the people still go to such quacks? the people should realise that patronising such quacks will ultimately lead to increased threats to their lives.”
These quacks have in place a very proper system of luring patients. “They have appointed touts in different areas; through these touts, they get the bulk of their patients, who are promised cheap medication”, he said.
There is a network of such touts and unfortunately the administration has not been able to prevent them from operating “as they have contacts at all levels to stop any action against them.” “Also, it has been found that for reasons best known to them, many a local political leaders come forward to shield these dubious persons; the media should highlight such cases and spread awareness among the masses,” he added.
Similar sentiment was echoed by Dr Gupta, who said there is an urgent need to educate people on this issue. “These people literally loot people; Dr Salim did not even have proper equipment and there were no trained nurses and yet, he was giving drip.”
Asking the media to spread more and more awareness, he said even the people should come forward and lodge complaints against such quacks.
Calling it as a low-grade campaign as yet, Dr Gupta said it would gather steam as and when more and more people become aware of such mal-practices in the society.