KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui Saturday said that a task force has been formed for a crackdown against over 60,000 quacks in the metropolis.
The task force comprises city administration and health department’s officers and representatives of the Pakistan Medical Association and Commissioner Youth Team.
The decision was taken at a meeting held at the Commissioner’s Office here to discuss action against the menace of quacks, Sheesha, Manpuri, Gutka and sweetened nuts.
The commissioner said that action has been repeatedly takenagainst quacks in the past, but they are not ready to mend their ways.He stressed the need for a strict and sustainable crackdown against quacks by the task force to protect the health of the people.
He said that complaints against quacks can be lodged at public health telephone numbers: 99222630/03333647800. The task force will take action on such complaints, he added.
Shoaib Siddiqui said that the health department has issued instructions to all the EDOs, DHOs and THOs to move actively against fake doctors.
The commissioner said that monitoring committee will meet monthly to review the progress of the crackdown against the menace of quacks, Gutka and Manpuri.
He called upon youth to make a resolve on the 14th August to abstain from Gutka, Manpuri and other things unfit for human consumption.
Pakistan Medical Association’s Dr Qaiser Sajjad said that under the law quacks can be jailed for two years and fined Rs 200,000.
He told the meeting that over 650,000 quacks, including 60,000 to 70,000 in Karachi, are busy in playing with the lives of the people across the country.
The meeting was attended, among others, by Additional Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Aslam Khoso, Deputy Commissioner West Muhammad Ali Shah, PMA’s Dr Qaiser Sajjad, Director Health KMC Dr Abdul Jabbar, Additional Deputy Commissioner East Syed Junaid Ahmed,Additional Deputy Commissioner Korangi Sirajuddin.
Source : APP