Several hundred fake doctors are practicing in Chittagong including the rural and metropolitan areas allegedly without any degree on medical science. The fake doctors are writing many of degrees on their pads, sign boards and visiting cards. As a result, the patients are being cheated by them. The administration is taking steps against the fake doctors recently.
Sources said, earlier, the Civil Surgeon office of Chittagong and Chittagong district administration in association with police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) conducted special mobile courts against the fake doctors in the first months of the last year.
Meanwhile, following the steps of Chittagong district administration against fake doctors who were practicing in Chittagong including rural and metropolitan area without any degree on medical science had stopped for last several months. But many fake doctors started practicing here and there in Chittagong again.
In May last year, district administration had started mobile court against fake doctors. Following the step of the administration, mobile court fined one person at Bastuhara area under Bakolia in the city.
Magistrate of Chittagong district administration Ruhul Amin conducted a mobile court at Bastuhara area under Bakolia in the city. The magistrate detained one person practicing as specialist physician without any recognized academic education.
The detained person is identified as Rusel Kanti Nath who introduced himself as mother and child disease specialist. But, detained Rusel is only SSC pass one who never went to any college for education. Magistrate of Chittagong district administration Ruhul Amin fined fake doctor Rusel Kanti Nath Tk 10,000 and took a write up in this regard.
Following the special measures against the fake doctors, some of the fake doctors were arrested and fined. The fake doctors who were arrested for cheating with the patients in the port city have started their business again after coming out from the jail on bail. As the raids against fake doctors are stopped now, the fake doctors who do not have MBBS certificates or BMDC registrations are providing treatments at many areas in the port city, sources concerned said.
Earlier, RAB had conducted raids against the fake doctors in 2011. At that time, the RAB arrested several doctors Jalal Uddin Chowdhury, who introduced him as a dental surgeon with BDS degree from Kamal Bazar at Mohora at Kalurghat area and Nesar Uddin, who introduced himself as MBBS doctor from Bandartila in the port city.
According to sources, many fake doctors are practicing in Chittagong using fake degrees. Some of them are using the degrees from abroad. Many of them are writing the degrees like MBBS A, MBBS N, NDS, specialists in heart, sex etc.
They are cheating with the patients and the patients are suffering a lot for their wrong treatment. Many of the fake doctors are involved with some clinics and pathological labs in the city and rural areas. The fake doctors used to take commission for the tests of the patients from the pathological labs. They used to refer the patients to the clinics and get commission from the clinics.
The law enforcing agencies sources said that there are several syndicates of fake doctors. Maximum fake doctors are practicing away from the city or rural areas.
They opened their chambers at the workers areas in the city. As per directives of the health department, civil surgeon office and local administration, police and RAB members are very alert over the hampering of the service of health sector by the fake doctors.
Former Civil Surgeon of Chittagong Dr Abu Tayeb said, the government approved the ordinance about the affiliated doctors or physicians in 2010. The president of Bangladesh has signed the ordinance. As per directives of the ordinance, authority is to identify the fake doctors.
He said, there are many persons who are not doctors or physicians are practicing like doctors or physicians by using fake degrees. Most of them were the clinic assistants or staffs of medicine shops.
Dr Bhagya Dhon Barua, a child specialist in Chittagong said the fake doctors are hampering the health service in Chittagong. There are many fake doctors in Chittagong who never went to the medical college. Many patients are suffering for the wrong treatment of the fake doctors.
Dr Mizanur Rahman another physician said the real doctors can not practice due to presence of many fake doctors. The fake doctors have some brokers or agents to contact with the patients. The agents used to create a fake image of the fake doctors like specialist doctor etc to the patients and locality. As a result, many patients are being cheated by wrong treatment, he pointed out.
However, the Civil Surgeon office of Chittagong and Chittagong district administration will continue the special measures in association with police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) against the fake doctors.
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