Fake degree cuffs on quacks

Bhojpur police sent two quacks, B.D. Singh arrested from Hasan Bazaar, and Manjeet Kumar held from Ojhawalia villages, to jail on Monday after interrogation. Singh's dental clinic and Manjeet's Aditya Clinic, both at Ojhawalia village of Piro sub-division in Bhojpur district were also sealed.

By Rajiv Nayan Agrawal
  • Published 11.09.18
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Ara: Bhojpur police sent two quacks, B.D. Singh arrested from Hasan Bazaar, and Manjeet Kumar held from Ojhawalia villages, to jail on Monday after interrogation. Singh's dental clinic and Manjeet's Aditya Clinic, both at Ojhawalia village of Piro sub-division in Bhojpur district were also sealed.

A team of Bhojpur district officials and doctors conducted raids at Piro Bazaar, Hasan Bazaar, Jitaura and Agiaw Bazaar in Piro sub-division on Monday to verify medical certificates of practitioners but found most fake. A number of self-styled doctors were also found running good practice without medical certificates in rural areas.

A team of officials comprised the Piro sub-divisional officer (SDO), deputy collector land reforms (DCLR) Sunil Kumar, Piro BDO Dushyant Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Dr Rajiv Kumar and Dr Anil Kumar. The raids were conducted at Piro, Hasan Bazaar, Jitaura Bazaar, Ojhawalia and their vicinities. The team lodged a named FIR against five quacks and also marked dozens of other practitioners running clinics without medical degrees or on fake degrees.

Dr Rajiv Kumar, the medical officer of Piro primary health centre, said: "When the raiding team reached Agiaw Bazaar, Hasan Bazaar and Jitaura, most of the clinics had been closed and the doctors had fled. Dr Somnath Prasad was found to be an ayurvedacharya but had become a self-styled surgeon and was performing surgeries on patients.

He said a named FIR had been lodged against Dr Singh, Dr Gopal Pandey, Dr Manjeet and Dr Somnath Prasad. He added that several anomalies had been detected during raids and added checking and verification of certificates will continue to discourage medical practice by quacks.

"Quacks are carrying out illegal practice in Bhojpur district and the health department is quite aware of it but never bothers to check such acts," said Ramesh Singh, a local resident and added that the reason is well known to them.

It is said persons posing themselves doctors, purchased medicines from the market and sold them in rural areas where they run their clinics and did rousing business and thus played with the lives of innocent people. Even at Ara, Bhojpur district headquarter, such practices are going on with impunity right under the nose of the Bhojpur district administration.

A quack preferring anonymity said they had paid a heavy amount to officials of the district and the heath departments for allowing them to continue their fake clinics.