One person was arrested and a siddha and a homoeopathy clinic were sealed during surprise raids led by Collector M. Vallalar in two places at Vadamadurai, 20 km away from here on Wednesday night. The arrested was B. Muthusamy, owner of the homoeopathy clinic.

In the first raid, a special investigation team raided a homeopathy clinic on RS Road in Vadamadurai and seized allopathy medicines, syringes, injections, steriliser, suture needles, Copper T and other equipments used for surgical procedures.

The clinic had a delivery room and wards. Moreover, the homoeopathy doctor did not have records for the purchase of medicines. As a homoeopathy doctor, he should not prescribe allopathy medicines and administer injections for patients, and it was an offence, said health officials.

There was no expiry date for several homoeopathy medicines stocked in the clinic. Even though, the homoeopathy doctor was qualified in homoeopathy medicine, he should not prescribe allopathic medicines to patients. In his letter pad, there was a mention of the name of a lady doctor with MBBS degree. When contacted, the lady doctor had not been coming to the clinic for quite some years, said officials.

The police arrested the doctor. His clinic was closed and sealed.

In the second raid at Velvarkottai, the team raided a siddha clinic and seized several documents and medicines. However, the siddha doctor had managed to escape.

Talking to press persons at Vadamadurai, Mr. Vallalar said that stern action would be initiated against quacks and medical shops that were found selling medicines without prescription.

The surprise raid would continue in other parts of the district.

Joint Director of Health Services T. Jayabal and Deputy Director of Health Services K. Jagadeesh Kumar accompanied them.

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