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Indore: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) is all set to launch an anti-quackery campaign across the country and will also hold a ‘Satyagraha Walk’ in New Delhi on March 12.
Vice president of IMA-Madhya Pradesh, Dr Sanjay Londhe, said “We are going to launch a nationwide campaign against quackery, crosspathy and violence against doctors. We had launched an anti-quackery campaign two years ago but didn’t get administration’s support as only couple of actions were taken against quacks.”
According to Dr Londhe, quacks endanger people’s lives.They do not have the relevant qualification but provide treatment to people even for fatal diseases.
“There are thousands of quacks working across the city mainly in low-income and slum areas. Few years ago, we had given a list of 200 such quacks to the district administration and health department but action was taken against only few,” Dr Londhe said.
He further stated that a campaign will be launched and the details of quacks with proofs will be handed over to the administration. He also urged the people to support them in the campaign.
Dr Londhe said that while quacks argue that the government has given them permission to prescribe certain allopathic medicines, it is noteworthy that they have been permitted to do so only when they have three months’ training in pharmacology.
“BAMS, BHMS doctors are permitted to prescribe few of the medicines but only in rural areas and also when there is no modern medical practitioner,” he said.
Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Pravin Jadia said that action is being taken against quacks as they get complaints and an FIR was lodged against a quack a few days ago.
“We will take action against quacks with the help of administration and police. People can lodge compliant against quacks, we will take immediate action,” Dr Jadia said.
Source: Free Press Journal