SHC issues notice to PMDC in petition against quacks

General Karachi

Karachi: Expressing displeasure over the provincial as well as city district government Karachi, Sind High Court SHC on Tuesday noted that neither provincial nor city government has furnished their replies in petition against quacks and unlicensed medical stores.

Headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam, the division bench issued directives for adding Pakistan Medical and Dental Council PMDC as respondent and issued notice to it.

Petitioner Rana Faizul Hasan, representing nongovernmental organization United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, contended that despite the government’s announcement of making legislation for taking action against quack doctors, thousands of quacks had been operating in the province and no action had so far been taken against them.

Citing report of the Pakistan Medical Association PMA, he stated that there were over 600,000 quack doctors across the country, adding there were over 70,000 quacks doctors practicing in Sind.

The petitioner said that of the 70,000 quacks in Sind, 40,000 are operating in Karachi alone despite Supreme Court’s orders against quacks in 2009.

He submitted that the gutka and mainpuri were being sold openly in the province despite the ban, posing a serious threat to the health of citizens.

He alleged that the manufacturers and sellers of such items were being patronized by the police and other authorities concerned.