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Teacher�s campaign against medical practitioner

By Correspondent

JORHAT, Jan 24 - A science-teacher of a Golaghat-based school has intensified his public awareness campaign against the medical practice of a consultant-cardiologist of the town as he came to know that the doctor�s professional qualification is not recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI) for such a serious job.

Distributing leaflets at various important institutions like the Golaghat Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital, markets and many other busy locations of the town, the teacher Mustaque Ali has requested the common people not to be duped by the doctor who has been providing treatment at nursing-homes, doctors� chambers and pharmacies.

�Illegal medical practice is a serious crime. I got a reply from MCI which clearly mentioned that the doctor�s professional qualification is not recognized by the authorized body. It is true that he got his MBBS degree from the Assam Medical College. But in a reply to my RTI query, the MCI clearly mentioned that his postgraduate diploma in clinical cardiology is not recognized by the authority concerned,� said Ali.

According to him, an instance of death was also recorded after the medical practitioner installed a pacemaker externally on the patient at Golaghat some months ago.

It is pertinent to mention here that seeking proper legal action against the consultant-cardiologist of Golaghat town, the teacher had already submitted an application with the RTI documents to the Deputy Commissioner and the SP of the district who assured him of an investigation into the case.

�I hope the administration and the police will take legal initiatives to prevent such illegal activities of the doctor soon. It is the duty of every sensitive citizen to sensitize people against the illegal activities. If MCI does not recognize his qualification for a serious treatment like a cardiological consultancy how can he do such a job in a nursing home and chambers of our town? Every responsible citizen has the duty to sensitize people against illegal activities taking place in or around his place,� said Mustaque Ali.

However, asked about any initiative taken by the district administration in response to Ali�s application, Golaghat Deputy Commissioner Anowarul Haque said that he sent a letter to the State Government�s Health and Family Welfare Department seeking clarification whether the doctor�s professional qualification is recognized by any government authority or not.

�Proper legal action will be initiated if it is found illegal after investigation. I have sent a letter to the Health and Family Welfare department seeking reply whether the professional qualification of the doctor is recognized by our government authority or not,� said Deputy Commissioner Haque.

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