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How Can Haryana Get Rid of its Quacks?

How Can Haryana Get Rid of its Quacks?, naya haryana, नया हरियाणा

1st July 2014

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According to reports, female infanticide and illegal abortions are considered some of the most serious issues in Haryana. Many of these abortions and fetal sex determination are carried out by doctors in the state, who have been found to possess fake degrees and licenses. Apart from this, there have also been reports regarding surgeries on different organs being conducted by fake surgeons. Prevalence of such quacks has badly affected the lives of Haryanvis. There is therefore an immediate need to put an end to the business of quacks in Haryana.

In the past few years, several investigations by police and media revealed the thriving practices of midwives and doctors in hospitals and clinics, who have bought their MBBS and MD degrees and hold fake medical licenses. Some of these fake doctors were also found to be practicing in government hospitals. Some also had their own private practice. During a certain raid in the town of Sampla in Jhajjar district in Haryana, a woman quack who called herself a midwife was found to be using extremely old methods like wooden equipment and crude metal tools to conduct abortions illegally. She had bought her medical degrees and had been treating patients for almost three decades. Such fraud doctors need to have their degrees and licenses seized, and they should be convicted for playing with the lives of innocent people.

Apart from individual doctors, another medical-related fraud was reported recently. According to a recent FIR, a private hospital in Kundli, Sonipat, was being run by an entire family of fake doctors. The hospital itself was being illegally operated. This shows how fake medical professionals have plagued the medical sector in Haryana. The government should frame stringent regulations to tackle this menace.

Committing a fraud becomes easy when the fraudster knows that no one will be watching their fake documents or verifying whether their degrees are true or not. Haryana needs an effective monitoring system to ensure the authenticity of the documents. An online database of medical professionals degrees and licenses should be maintained to be used for verification purposes. Each hospital needs to be careful while employing medical staff and checking their credentials before recruiting them.

The bigger problem with eliminating quacks from Haryana is the fact that they come across as regular doctors, and patients and their families tend to have blind faith in them. In the present world, where such fraudsters are disguised as regular doctors, people need to be extra careful. They should make sure the doctor they go to is the real deal and not a fake. Friends and relatives can help in this case. If they find themselves being involved with a quack, they should immediately inform the police. Haryana can only get rid of its quacks if the police are pro-active, and they catch them before they run away. In the past, it has been found that despite the police catching some of these fraudsters, they get out on bail and continue to treat patients. They should be black-listed and the information should be shared with the health community, so that such quacks do not continue their practice. Strict implementation of government regulations and better coordination between the authorities are keys to putting an end to the quack-problem in Haryana.

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