Karachi: 9 quacks held in raid on ‘Chinese clinics’ in Saddar
KARACHI: Four quack dentists and five technicians were arrested on the charges of fraud and cheating people after a team of health officials, led by Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed, raided some self-styled Chinese dental clinics operating in the Empress Market area of Saddar for quite a long time.
Hundreds of people from all over the city visit such clinics daily to get their dental problems resolved, as these “Chinese” dentists are considered as properly qualified and experienced for the treatment of dental ailments.
But not many of these poor patients know that most dentists working at these clinics are not Chinese nor do they have proper Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degrees or licences from the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) to practise dentistry. Hardly any of quacks knows the concept or importance of sterilizing dental equipment.
All this was revealed when a team of health department officials, led by Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed, raided these so-called dental clinics in Saddar and ordered the arrest of four unqualified dentists and five dental technicians, besides sealing four such clinics.
Action against the dental clinics and shops was taken on complaints that these dentists were not only quacks but they were also involved in unhealthy practices like using unsterilized equipment, administering expired and unregistered medicines and chemicals in addition to keeping unhygienic conditions at their clinics.
After their arrests, the quacks were handed over to the police after they failed to produce their Bachelor of Dental Surgery degrees, licences from the PMDC and other relevant documents.
The so-called clinics were also found violating the medical and dental profession rules as they had no proper arrangements for sterilizing equipment and used a single syringe for injecting drugs into several patients.
Some of these clinics even did not have proper chairs, a prerequisite for carrying out dental procedures and surgeries, while these “dentists” were also found administering expired chemicals and unregistered medicines to patients.
While handing over the quacks to the police custody, the health minister said that if they failed to produce the required documents, then they should be booked under Section 420 of the Pakistan Penal Code and other relevant drug laws.
He revealed that many of these so-called dentists operating in the Saddar area did not have the required education, training or experience to treat patients while they used unhygienic and unsterilized equipment during surgical procedures.
“We found that these quacks had been using a single disposable syringe to inject drugs into several patients and hence spreading communicable diseases like hepatitis, Aids and others diseases from one patient to others,” he said.
Secretary Health Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi, Special Secretary Dr Suresh Kumar, Director Health Dr Nasir Javed, Chief Drugs Inspector Saleem Basharat and other officials of the health department also accompanied the minister during the raid. Director Health Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Dr Nasir Javed told The News that these quacks were issued with notices on December 28 to produce their degrees and improve hygienic conditions at their clinics but they failed to do so.