DNA | Last Modified - Sep 10, 2011, 03:51 AM IST
Indore: In the absence of permanent mechanism to check quacks, who mushroom across the state to treat gullible and poor patients without proper medical degree or knowledge, the health department is forced to adopt ad-hock measure every year to deal with the issue.
The department has once again written a letter to all collectors and superintendents of police to form an anti-quackery cell and ensure action against the quacks.
In its September 7 letter, the department asked the collectors and the SPs to take suitable action. "The health department has asked to constitute teams to take action against quacks. It has also instructed us about ways of identifying quacks", said additional collector Anand Sharma.
Madhya Pradesh does not have any specific law to deal with quacks. The department takes action against them under section 24 of the Madhya Pradesh Ayurvigyan Parishad Adhiniyam. But that is not effective enough.
Realising the need for stronger steps, the health department had suggested to the state government an anti-quackery law a couple of years ago, but the government has not taken any action on that. Director, health, JN Kansotiya could not be contacted for his reaction on the issue.
Quackery is becoming an increasingly big menace in towns, big and small alike. Indore alone may have quacks masquerading as qualified doctors and putting lives of innocent patients to risk.
The state government launches drives from time to time against quacks. But before too long, they are back in business. It is primarily because the state does not have an act to deal with them.
"I am seeing it for the past 10 years that every year a team is constituted but nothing is done to put a check on root of the problem, i.e., non-availability of facilities in public hospitals", said Dr Anil Bandi, president of IMA local branch.
He said, ''Last year six teams comprising officials of district administration, police and IMA members were constituted and action were taken. But the issue remains the same.''