Quackery practices on the rise in city

KARACHI: Hundreds of quacks are running clinics and maternity homes in the metropolis, spreading diseases and increasing medical complications among the patients who visit them due to lack of awareness. Health Department Karachi and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation authorities seem to be taking no solid action against them.

The health department and civic authorities have failed to devise a comprehensive strategy to bring an end to illegal practices of quacks in Karachi, as old and suburban areas of the city have become hub of illegal dental and medical clinics.

The hundreds of illegal dental and medical clinics are operating across the city especially in old and suburban areas without check and balance. These dental and medical clinics and maternity homes are being run by non-qualified people.

The old city areas of Karachi like Saddar, Lee Market, Lyari, Mauripur, Quaidabad, Landhi and Malir, New Karachi, Manghopir, Surjani Town, North Nazimabad, Orangi Town, Korangi Town and Sohrab Goth have become target of illegal dental & medical clinics and maternity homes.

These non-qualified doctors and midwives have been using the names of city known physicians and surgeons to lure more and more innocent citizens. The health department Karachi and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation have launched several campaigns against quacks, but unfortunately, all drives could not produce desire results due poor planning and lack of coordination among departments.

The private hospitals, dental clinics, medical clinics and maternity homes are become major sources of spread of various lethal diseases including hepatitis B, C and HIV/AIDS. The quack practitioners are looting the uneducated people. Many patients develop serious complications due to wrong medicines.

Secretary General, PMA (Pakistan Medical Association – Central), Mirza Ali Azhar, while talking to PPI, said anti-quackery law exists in Sindh province but unfortunately violation of law had become common in our society.

He informed that about 0.7 million quacks are running dental & medical clinics across the Pakistan out of which 0.2 million are in Sindh province. He further said over 60,000 quacks are playing with lives of citizens. Hence, a comprehensive crackdown is needed to eliminate quackery practices in the city.