In the wake of a recent shocking incident in which a quack burnt body of a patient who died because of an injection, police in Hyderabad launched a massive drive detaining over 100 medical practitioners.
In the raids conducted on clinics being run illegally at several places in the old city, police picked up doctors including women suspected to be holding fake degrees. Those detained also include Resident Medical Practitioners, Unani and Ayurvedic physicians and even medical technicians who were running clinics.
The raids were conducted under the limits of 17 police stations of South Zone, which covers the old city where practice by quacks is rampant. In one case, police found that a quack, who is not event matriculate, was running a clinic.
Deputy commissioner of Police V Satyanarayana said help was sought from Telangana Medical Council to examine the degrees held by some of the practitioners. “If they were found to be holding fake certificates, cases will be booked against them,” he said.
Police also found violation of rules by Unani and Ayurveda practitioners, who were giving allopathic medicines. What is more shocking is that medicines seized from some clinics had expired.
The police swung into action after at least three persons died after they were treated by quacks during last couple of months. In one case, a woman was totally paralysed.
The raids were conducted a week after a shocking incident in Shahaliband area near the historic Charminar, in which a quack set afire body of a patient to wipe out evidence.
Ismail Hussain, an X-ray technician who was running a clinic with a forged Unani degree certificate, was arrested when he burnt the body near Shamshabad on the city outskirts on November 21.
He had given intravenous fluid to a 45-year-old patient, who had come to his clinic with stomach pain. The patient died instantaneously. The quack downed the shutter and spent a few hours with the body, waiting for the sunset. He then shifted the body on his motor bike on the outskirts to set it afire.