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Fake doctors and our role in society

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I was astonished to read a recent report, published in daily DAWN, that some 70,000 quacks with bogus degrees are operating throughout the country. This figure is given for those who are operating with bogus degrees. I wonder how many more are there, who don’t even bother to use the fake degrees and operating without such degrees or licenses, with the patronage of the local authorities. Due to these quacks, my wife lost her sister last year, who was a mother of 3 children and was a healthy and lively woman. People have blind faith in these ruthless quacks, which are operating freely not only in small towns and villages but cities as well across the country.  Some poor people are visiting them because they charge much lesser than the genuine practitioners.  Most of them are even providing their own prepared medicines to their patients, which have no labels or formula of any kind printed on them. I personally know one dispenser in my local town, who pretends to be a doctor and has been successfully running a clinic since last 15 years and more. However, once when authorities started an operation for cracking these quacks, he hired a doctor and placed his nameplate outside his clinic, which had no name in the past.

These quacks are able to operate without any fear because people have adopted the behavior of ignoring them for unknown reasons, in spite of the fact they are endangering the lives of innocent people and kids. No one bothers to check if the doctor one is visiting is displaying the license of the PMDC in the clinic or not and whether the license is genuine or fake? PM&DC is a statutory regulatory authority established under Pakistan Medical & Dental Council Ordinance 1962 as a body corporate which apart from its various functions and duties, maintains the Register of Medical & Dental Practitioners.

The report published in daily DAWN also suggests many measures to government to nab these quacks who are operating in Government and Private Hospitals or running their own clinics. It also reads that “Not many people perhaps know that the PMDC’s website allows the general public to check if their doctors are registered with the council and are thus licensed to practice medicine. The PMDC and the health authorities should encourage the general public, through advertisements and posters, to be involved in exposing fake doctors in this manner”

I think all of us should not just sit and watch like spectators and let these bogus doctors play with the lives of innocent, as no one is safe from these bogus doctors and sooner or later they might hurt us or our beloved ones, so we should also get ourselves involved in this struggle by trying to find out which bogus doctors and nurses are operating in our areas and should report this to police and other authorities such as PMDC. The easiest way to do it is using the following facility, which is available on the website of PMDC.

http://dev.plexushosting.com/PMDC/SearchPractitioner/tabid/153/Default.aspx

The website of the PMDC is available on the following URL:

http://www.pmdc.org.pk/

Written by Kamran Brohi

October 26, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Posted in Notes

An intresting column published in Daily Jang by Asad Mufti

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Point to Ponder:

ظالم ہیں مظلوم بھی ہم ،ہر شر سے منسوب ہیں ہم

ایسا حال ہوا کیوں اپنا، میں بھی سوچوں تُو بھی سوچ

Source: http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/sep2009-daily/24-09-2009/col8.htm

Written by Kamran Brohi

October 1, 2009 at 8:51 am

Posted in Notes, Personal Diary