Following complaints, the Karnataka Ayurveda and Unani Practitioners’ Board on Friday raided 94 clinics across the State and found that 33 places were being run by alleged quacks. The board has also registered 15 cases against them.

Thimmappa Shettigar, Registrar of the board, said surprise visits were conducted by the district AYUSH officials.

“During our raid, we found that several persons were found to be practising without a medical degree in MBBS or Indian systems of medicine,” he said.

FIRs

He also said that most of them had fled after receiving news about the raid. FIRs have been booked under Sections 420 of the IPC and Section 34 and 38 of the Karnataka Ayurvedic and Unani Practitioners’ Registration and Medical Practitioners’ and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1961.

The board has appealed to people to check the qualifications of the doctor before availing treatment.

“Several patients who avail treatment from quacks start experiencing adverse effects of the treatment as they are not qualified in any field of medicine. Most of them possess fake certificates,” said Sathyamoorthy Bhat, president of the board.

The board has also said that the raid should serve as a warning to unqualified medical practitioners and said raids would continue throughout the year.

More In: Karnataka | National