IMA plans to observe anti-quackery week

The anti-quackery cell of the Indian Medical Association is preparing to come down heavily on quacks in the Capital. The association has planned to observe the first week of October as ‘anti-quackery week’.

The decision of observing an anti-quackery week was taken at a meeting of the cell at IMA headquarters last Sunday.

Dr Anil Bansal, member of Delhi Medical Council (DMC) and chairperson of IMA’s anti-quackery cell, said the number of quacks in Delhi is increasing fast.

He said one reason is that the cell does not get much cooperation in acting against the quacks. He said the IMA will write to the city government appealing to help their efforts in catching fake doctors. “We cannot do anything without the government’s help. We conducted a similar exercise a few months ago with the government’s aid,” he said.

The cell is also planning to hold a demonstration at Jantar Mantar on October 2 on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Dr Bansal said Gandhi was against social evils and quackery is also a social evil. “We are planning to hold a demonstration following Gandhi’s principles. This will be a one-day token demonstration,” he said.

IMA will give memorandums to the President, Prime Minister and chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
“We have issued instructions to state branches of the IMA to submit a memorandum to their respective chief ministers, MPs and MLAs.”

Several senior doctors and IMA officials will participate in the demonstration.

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