The state chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Wednesday formed an anti-quackery cell.
Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, president, IMA state chapter, said the organisation had decided to start the initiative after its members had come across many cases of quackery.
“Due to wrong and irrational treatment by quacks, the disease burden has increased in the state. The IMA has already initiated its anti-quackery drive on a national level but this is the first time that the IMA state chapter has taken some initiative in this regard. We shall issue directives to all civil surgeons and district magistrates that if they get any information about quacks, they need to inform IMA about this. The IMA would then inform about it to its members so that quacks could be caught easily. The IMA members would also try to identify quacks on their own and inform the state government about them,” said Prasad.
Sachchidanand Sharma, vice-president of the IMA Magadh division, has been made the chairman of the anti-quackery cell while Sanjiv Ranjan Kumar Singh (secretary of IMA state chapter) and Prasad has been appointed ex-officio member of the cell.