KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: Sindh Healthcare Commission appears on a successful mission to reduce ‘Quackery practices’ all across Sindh- Director Anti-Quackery.
According to Director Anti-Quackery Syed Zeeshan Ali Shah, the number of inspections conducted by Sindh Healthcare Commission (SHCC) across the province has increased by 47% in this quarter.
In first quarter of the year 2022, a total of 2,564 inspection and enforcement visits were conducted by SHCC teams.
Total 495 healthcare establishments ( HCEs ) were found in compliance of the law, while 1,581 HCE’s were violating the law under section U/S 39-i.
Total 768 HCE’s were sealed by SHCC and 813 warnings were issued on malpractice and policy violations.
Additionally, 430 follow-up inspections were conducted on previously legally de-sealed HCE’s to ensure writ of law is sustained.
Fines were imposed on health care practitioners ( HCPs ) who were non-qualified or working beyond scope of the law.
Total penalties imposed on multiple offenders during the quarter was PKR 4.8 million.
It was further reported that in January 2022, more illegal clinics started operating in the province primarily due to lack of access to public health professionals during COVID times, thereby creating an urgent need for SHCC teams to probe and identify illegal incidents of ‘ quackery’ in heavily populated areas.
SHCC teams worked round the clock with law enforcement agencies for the welfare of healthcare practitioners to facilitate them in registering their clinics, enabling them to be identified as responsible service providers and not ‘quacks’.