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IMA seeks ban on quacks

Dhanbad, Oct. 6: The Dhanbad chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) today presented a petition before the deputy commissioner demanding a ban on unregistered medical practitioners.

The move was a part of the nationwide anti-quack week, which would include an awareness drive on dangers of availing services of quacks and unqualified doctors.

The IMA's week-long programme began from October 2 and would continue till October 10.

The Dhanbad chapter of the association also held an executive committee meeting at IMA hall at Luby Cicular Road, said the president of the Dhanbad chapter, A.K. Singh. Besides the DC, members also spoke to the drug controller and will approach the district civil surgeon in this regard.

Comparing Jharkhand with Gujarat, which has laws banning quacks, the president rued the lack of such laws here. He added that the state should take a cue from states that provide incentives to doctors who accept posts in rural, remote areas, which would also put an end to quacks' practise.

Singh also demanded a strict crackdown on drug-sellers providing medicines without prescriptions.

He added that the state government should look into the practice of allopathic medicines by doctors who have homeopathic and alternative medicine degrees.

Dhanbad chapter's vice-president Leena Singh, secretary Sunil Kumar Sinha and vice-president of the district unit S. Kumar were also present in the meeting.Source:The Telegraph India

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