MULTAN-Speakers at a seminar stressed on Tuesday the need for uprooting the menace of quackery from the society, saying creation of awareness among the masses about quackery could help check this serious social issue.

The seminar was organised by Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) on Elimination of Quackery, awareness and masses here at a local hotel.

Speaking on the occasion, provincial parliamentary secretary Barrister Muhammad Ali Khokhar said that elimination of quackery is need of the hour and the laws must be made tougher to check this criminal activity. He said that every citizen would have to play his or her role for uprooting this menace from society. He said that the Punjab government’s revolutionary healthcare programme offers every citizen access to quality healthcare services.

PHC Chief Operating Officer Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan, said that the commission has waged jihad against quackery. He warned that there is no reversal to wrong treatment done by a quack, adding that thousands of citizen either lost their lives or became handicap every year because of wrong treatment given by the quacks. He hoped that the district committees would help control quacks. He stressed upon the doctors, dentists and other physicians to get themselves registered with the PHC so that real medical practitioners could be identified.

Addressing the seminar, Deputy Commissioner Nadir Chatha said that a major cause behind spread of killer diseases was quacks. He said that the quacks were found in every street of the town who utilised wrong methods to treat the patients and caused casualties. He said that every institution would have to play its role for the elimination of quackery. He said that the quacks took benefit of legal loopholes and we needed to fill these gaps.

Deputy Commissioner Vehari Ali Akbar Bhatti said that tough and continuous action was needed agains quacks. He added that we needed to launch a national drive against this menace. He said that district governments would accomplish the task of eliminating quackery.

Deputy Commissioner Lodhran Raja Khurram Shahzad said that quackery made roots in rural areas due to absence of doctors. Deputy Commissioner Khanewal Muzaffar Sial and others also spoke on this occasion.