ICT administration seals three fake clinics

Unqualified practitioners find work in rural areas due to scarcity of doctors

Our Correspondent December 29, 2018

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to discourage unqualified medical practitioners continuing their business in the federal capital, the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration on Friday sealed three fake clinics and registered cases against concerned persons.

According to ICT spokesman, Potohar Assistant Commissioner (AC) Mehreen Baloch visited Police Station Shams Colony area and took action against quacks functioning without qualified doctors also giving expired medicines to the people.

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The spokesperson further said that fake treatment centres including Hamdard medical centre and Khattak Clinical Lab and General Hospital were sealed and the record has been called for further inspection.

Meanwhile, these quacks having no required qualification, established their clinics in different areas of Islamabad and continued to make a profit from the ill health of innocent people and their basic objective. The quacks continued trivialising their well-being just to mint money.

Besides that, residents have expressed concern over the weak health and infrastructure in rural areas, saying many homeopathic doctors have also started cheating people out of money, and people continue to fall prey to the problem due to the scarcity of real doctors in rural health centers and basic health units.

Dr Ammara, a medical practitioner said wrongly prescribed medication is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the country. Unsterilized medical instruments being used in the check-up processes, is the main reason for the spread of Hepatitis C.

Dr Ammara claimed that these quacks run their clinics mostly in underdeveloped areas to fool people and used antibiotics and painkillers to give instant relief to patients for a petty amount.

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Raja Waheed, another resident of Sector G-11 recounting his experience with quacks said, “Once I felt pain in my chest and visited the nearest clinic where the doctor charged me a very low fee and prescribed medicine, which I took, believing it to be curative. I started feeling better instantly as he injected a painkiller, after that I became accustomed to painkillers which ultimately turned me into a patient of high blood pressure.”

When contacted, an official of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) said that the council has been running a countrywide campaign to stop illegal and unlicensed medical practice.

PMDC will continue its efforts to eliminate the practices of fake medical practitioners who continue to wreak havoc on the lives of poor patients in the country, he added.


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