IMA urges govt. to pass Anti-Quackery Bill

Yoganand Reddy, president of the Indian Medical Association, Karnataka chapter, has urged the State government to pass the Anti-Quackery Bill in the best interest of the public and medical professionals.

Delivering his presidential address at the inauguration of the 80th Conference of IMA here on Saturday, Dr. Reddy said according to an estimate, there were five quacks against one qualified doctor practising in rural areas. “To accord top priority for the protection of the health of the people and also the medical profession, the State government should introduce and pass the bill at the earliest,” he said.

Dr. Reddy opposed allowing doctors of other systems of medicine to use emergency allopathic medicines because “they lacked complete knowledge of drugs.” Dr. Reddy said he was not in favour of introducing short-term medical courses and teaching crash course in allopathy to graduates or any other system of medicine.

“It is time to think of complete medical education. We fight towards implementation of postgraduation in family medicine, which in turn increases the total number of postgraudate seats. In reality, it will also help improve rural health services and curb quackery,” he said.

Ajay Saraf, mine owner, who inaugurated the conference, promised to extend assistance to IMA Hospet in its endeavour to revive the Labour Hospital at Kariganur. He volunteered to donate an ambulance if IMA was ready to manage it. Shrenik Baldota, executive director of MSPL, underlined the need for doctors to keep themselves abreast of the latest developments in the field .