Dentist registration in slo-mo mode

The registration of dentists with Jharkhand State Dental Council is yet to pick up pace.

By Our Correspondent in Ranchi
  • Published 11.09.18
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The office of Jharkhand State Dental Council on RIMS premises in Ranchi on Monday. Picture by Manob Chowdhary

Ranchi: The registration of dentists with Jharkhand State Dental Council is yet to pick up pace.

There are around 2,000 dentists across the state, including around 300 practising in city, but hardly 90 are registered with the council that became functional on April 30 this year.

An official of the council said the tardy pace of registration had given quacks the opportunity to practise as dentists.

"On August 14 this year, two quacks were arrested after the then subdivisional officer Anjali Yadav swung into action. One Ahmed Ali was nabbed from Hindpiri while L.K. Sharma was arrested from Ratu Road. They were practising dentistry without any certificate. If all dentists get themselves registered with the council, quacks will not longer be able to enjoy a free run. Common people can verify the genuineness of a dentist from the council before going to them for treatment," the official said.

Admitting the problem, registrar of the dental council Dr Sushil Kumar said he was already serious about it.

"After opening of the council office by health minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi on RIMS premises, I wrote twice to the principal secretary of health department Nidhi Khare to make the provision of registration of dentists engaged in teaching and non-teaching work mandatory with the council. However, a proper letter in this regard is yet to be issued from there," Kumar said.

He said he wrote letters on June 28 and July 18 this year. "Owing to a delay in the issue of a proper directive, many dentists claim to have registered with the dental councils of other states. In this situation it becomes difficult to verify their genuineness."

He said the registration fee was Rs 2,000 while the annual renewal fee was Rs 300.

"At present, there is no system for online registration, but it will be developed soon," Dr Kumar said.

Khare said a directive would be issued soon.

"The matter is being examined. We will take suitable action soon," Khare told The Telegraph over phone from New Delhi. She said she had directed her junior officials to take proper action against quacks in the mean time.