KARACHI: The Directorate of Anti-Quackery (DAQ) has imposed penalties on more quacks for violating the Quackery Laws in Sindh.
This development was disclosed in the 9th meeting of the Directorate of Anti-Quackery, held by the Sindh Health Care Commission (SHCC) at its Karachi Headoffice.
The meeting was chaired by Commissioner and Convener Anti-Quackery Committee Dr Khalid Shaikh, and it was attended by Commissioners Jawad Amin Khan and Dr A Razaque Shaikh alongside CEO-SHCC Dr Ahson Qavi Siddiqui, Director Anti-Quackery and other team members.
In the meeting it was pointed out that more than 34 cases of quackery were reviewed for penalties from all over the province.
‘We must ensure follow ups on all penalty cases to confirm the quackery status on all concerned Health care establishments’ Committee Chair and Member Board of Commissioners, Dr Khalid Shaikh said.
The total amount of Rs 1,440,000 (1.4million) was imposed on quacks for violating the existing quackery laws across the province.
Meeting reviewed the monthly recovery rate on penalties imposed which was recorded at 63% in the month of November, indicating a positive trajectory for the Directorate of Anti-Quackery, that was appreciated by the Board of Commissioners.
The Committee further ordered more rigorous fines on health care practitioners charged with ‘illegal de-sealing’ of their premises under section 39-1(h) of the SHCC regulations 2017.
It was also recommended committee convener that Lady health visitors, operating in far flung areas of Sindh be given a slight relief in terms of the fine, if they are found to be in compliance of the basic code of conduct.