Indore: Tall claims of district administration about ensuring public health and safety fell flat once again with shortage of resources forcing the health department action against fake doctors to discontinue after a couple of raids and media hype by chief medical and health officer (CMHO).
According to information, due to lack of manpower as well as intelligence network to collect information about the number of quacks operating in the city, the department is now forced to discontinue the crackdown.
However strangely, the so called reason of drawback in intelligence gathering behind the failure came even after a list of 200 quacks running their business in the city was handed over to district collector and CMHO by Indian Medical Association-Indore a long time ago. “We had launched a campaign against quacks and raided various clinics.
However, we couldn’t continue the action due to lack of intelligence and staff,” health officer Dr Amit Malakar said. He said that he too remained busy in his routine works of the department and the CMHO as well had been on leave for few days, taking a toll on the initiative. Meanwhile, IMA Indore claimed the entire endeavour of the health department was nothing but a publicity stunt as no strict action was taken against any of the quacks caught during the raids.
“It was nothing more than a publicity stunt by the department as they claimed to have caught the quacks treating patients red-handed but didn’t lodge any complaint or FIR against them,” president of IMA-Indore, Dr Sanjay Londhe said. Secretary of IMA Indore, Dr Sumit Shukla said that “We are surprised with the delay in action against quacks by the administration and health department as we already provided them with enough evidence against the fake doctors and even included the names of those having BAMS, BHMS degrees but practicing modern medicine.”
However, Dr Malakar said that they will relaunch the crackdown on quacks soon after the CMHO returned from his leave.