Growing number of quacks worries Kandaharis
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of southern Kandahar province allege quacks are having a field day, examining patients and prescribed them harmful medicine.
The presence of the fake doctors is a cruel joke on the poor people, whose plight is yet to be addressed by the authorities concerned, they complain. Several inhabitants called for a halt to the practice.
But the Public Health Department claims to have taken measures to deal with the issue, including the dispatch of a formal letters to the higher-ups.
It has sought concrete action against the so-called healers and prescription of injurious drugs.
Abdul Wase, a resident of the Kabul Darwazai locality of Kandahar City, the provincial capital, insists the men posing as doctors have degreesor documents,even though they prescribe medicine to the patients. Their number has lately risen in the city and some remote districts.
He adds theso-called doctors are not bothered about the patients’ health and just want how to fleece visitors by selling them suspect medicine. “It is surprising that despite the Public Health Department’s presence and the rule of law, non-professional doctors are treating patients.”
Haji Attaullah, hailing from Loya Viala area, agrees that many of the individuals masquerading as doctors know nothing about medicine, but still they examine patients and advisedrugs. Unfortunately, he notes, thequacks have become popular with the passage of time.
Attaullah believes ubiquitous insecurity and violations of law create space for these people to continue their work and take advantage of the situation.
Public health officials acknowledge some individuals with no qualificationshave been prescribing medicines to people. Mohammad Nader Askar, Public Health Department spokesman, says they often send letters to the Governor’s House and police headquarters, demanding support for a stop to quackery. However, he laments no help has been extended by the governor so far.
In addition, he says some of the quacks have been referred to the attorney general office. The men have reportedly promised the Public Health Department quitting the undesirable practice of playing with people’s lives.
Askar says these doctors have roots in the masses because they have been practicingfor the past 20 years. Over a period of time, the people have developed trust in them. The official accuses the con men of having links with powerful individuals, including government officials.
He said it was the security forces’ duty to capture the doctors after they were identified by the department. But none of the fake doctor could be reached for comments despite multiple attempts by Pajhwok to contact them.
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