Citizens demand action against quacks

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Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

Residents of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have demanded of the concerned to take strict action against quacks in rural areas of the twin cities as they play havoc with the lives of innocent citizens in their illegal clinics.

They said that taking advantage of weak health infrastructure in rural areas and absence of doctors in rural health centers and basic health units, many homeopathic doctors had also started cheating people. “Despite tall claims by the authorities to take actions against the quacks, they have been practicing in the twin cities,” Zubair Hayat, a resident of G-6 said. He complained that these quacks had no degree or knowledge but they are running clinics in thickly populated areas to mint money from gullible citizens.

Another resident of the federal capital, said that many of them hold homeopathic degrees but recommend patients allopathic medicines, claiming themselves as allopathic doctors. “I took my ailing mother to a doctor who runs his clinic as an allopathic consultant but later transpired he is a homeopathic quack. He prescribed her wide of the mark medicine which affected her both kidneys instantly,” Rashid Khan, a resident of Rawalpindi said. Later, I took my mother to civil hospital where doctors told us that the wrong medication had damaged her both kidneys,” she added.

Aman Gujar, another citizen, said that once I felt pain in my chest and visited the nearest clinic where a doctor he injected a painkiller and after that, I became accustomed to painkillers which ultimately turned me a patient of high blood pressure. ”

A medical practitioner, said quackery was one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the country. She said quackery was one of the reasons to spread hepatitis C as unclean medical instrument is being used for check-ups. She said that these quacks run their clinics mostly in underdeveloped areas and use antibiotics and painkillers to patients for minor ailments.

She said their low standard medicine caused severe infections and the infected equipment led to the transmission of several communicable diseases.

A health official said that they have been running campaigns to stop illegal clinics and practices therein. He said that quacks were the main source of spreading contagious diseases and also causing disabilities among the people.