Vadodara civic body cracks whip on quacks after a year of quiescence

The phrase “better late than never” seems to be apt for the health department of Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC).

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published:March 3, 2009 12:28 am

The phrase “better late than never” seems to be apt for the health department of Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC). The top civic officials have now formed different teams and divided the entire city into different zones to crack the whip on quacks.

Importantly,the raids have been carried out after a gap of over a year. Top officials at the health department admitted that the raids on quacks yielded no results,which is why the issue has been accorded less importance so far.

“We conduct a raid only after we are sure that some illegal practice is going on. We have to catch them red-handed while they indulge in something other than what their medical degrees allow them. We cannot simply seal a clinic run by a homoeopathic doctor or an ayurvedic practitioner. It is a fact that the raids are not conducted regularly,” said Deputy Municipal Commissioner A O Sharma.

The fact,however,remains that in many areas like Fatehgunj,Warasia and Kishanwadi,quacks have mushroomed. “With the Modasa episode,many such doctors have closed down their so-called clinics,where drips were given to the illiterate patients from slums. The practice has been rampant,as there has been a lapse on the part of the VMC medical team,” said Opposition leader Chirag Zaveri,who had raised the issue in the recently held VMC Standing Committee meeting.

He added: “One can easily spot quacks at Sardar Estate,Gorwa,and of course,in the slums. But the health department wakes up only when something major happens.”

Meanwhile,Sharma said the city has been divided into separate zones and teams have been rushed there to scan the entire city and find out any irregularity by the medical practitioners.

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