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Quackery: Does Your Superhero Need a Double Check?

Submitted by on August 20, 2013 – 5:17 PM

335572-doctor-1329074810-928-640x480They say some times you feel relaxed just by the glimpse of your life-saver. You will feel protected with the view of dignified personalities around you.


But, is this the only way round? In today’s world, are you sure to risk your chances of survival? Don’t you need any authentication at the cost of your life? Does your super hero need a double check?


The rural society still has a major contribution in the total population of Pakistan. Despite the gradual declining rate of rural settlements, pastorals still comprised of 63% of the population in 2010.


What kind of people comprise a rural population? One head of a family of 10 members, each of whom are ready to sacrifice their education, facing a lack of accommodation and resources, encountering unemployment, and hence facing several miseries of life. These people are the easiest targets for fake doctors. Due to a low quality of life, proper medical treatment is a far-fledged idea for them.


First of all there are plenty of compounders and technical workers who are trained under doctors to perform procedural abilities including first aid, injections, subjection of pain killers etc. Secondly, the nation has an abundant calculation of medical students who vacate medical training. This happens in most suburbs where it is preferred to compromise education on regular basis.


Lastly, those doctors who are certainly not eligible to practice as an authority due to low rankings try their luck in areas where they are least likely to get caught due to their false act as a high illiteracy rate leads to a lack of public awareness. Such fraudulent people in disguise of our life savers can never treat us. They pretend the majority, the pastorals, to be their private properties, not giving importance to their lives. They, undoubtedly, leave no difference between a hero and a villain.


Plenty of cases have been reported and challenged through media, but only a few get justice. Majority of such reports end in vain as if the lives of those who suffered never mattered. As now the virus of these bogus claimers is also prevailing in our urban society, no one is spared. Every patient, every attending, needs to double-check their super-hero!

About the Author: Mahrukh Qadri is a second year student of MBBS at Jinnah Sindh Medical University. She is the head of students’ wing and an executive member at International Maternal and Child Health Foundation, which is a Canadian NGO. She has conducted health awareness programs and successful projects for IMCHF and is also and active member of Pakistan Nutritive and Dietary Society. Mahrukh has done internships at  Indus Hospital and Imam Clinic, Karachi. She can be reached at [email protected]

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