Students of K.A.P. Viswanatham Government Medical College and Hospital took out an anti-quackery awareness rally to sensitise the masses to the evil effects in terms of health care caused by the quacks. The rally was organised by the Tiruchi branch of the Indian Medical Association.

Carrying placards and raising slogans, the students marched down from the college to the Collectorate where the office-bearers of the Association submitted a memorandum to the District Collector T. Soundiah.

The memorandum explained the health risk being caused by the quacks to the masses especially villagers. Strict legal punishment would go a long way in checking the menace being caused by the quacks.

The Dean of the college, N. Balasubramanian, who flagged off the rally at the college, said in several cases the sick realised only at a late stage, the clinical complexity of consulting the quacks. Stringent laws should be enforced in the larger health care delivery system. The people, especially those in villages, were being duped by various pseudo-degrees or diploma of the quacks, he warned.

The president of the Tiruchi Branch of IMA, M.S. Ashraf; the Honorary secretary, P.R. Prabu Elango and the state president of Tamil Nadu State Branch of IMA, R. Gunasekaran submitted the memorandum to the District Collector.