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Saturday, 21 June 2014

TCMC finds 8 quacks practising traditional system in major Ayurveda hospitals, cases registered

In an exercise aimed at curbing quackery in Ayurveda system, a special crack team constituted by the Indian system of medicine (ISM) wing of the Travancore Cochin Medical Council (TCMC) conducted surprise checks in various Ayurveda hospitals and research centres in Kozhikodu district in Kerala.

Eight unqualified persons claiming to be ayurvedic doctors were found by the team and cases were registered against the quacks and the hospitals.

The operation was undertaken  based on 12 complaints received from various sources in the district and also from the district committee of Ayurveda medical association of India (AMAI).The squad was headed by the president of the ISM wing of TCMC. The complaints were made following increasing number of quacks in the district claiming as traditional healers. The sources said regarding quackery, there is a judgment of the Kerala high court that the unqualified persons should not be allowed to practice traditional system of medicines anymore.

The checking squads raided four hospitals and research centres and inspected records of the practicing physicians in the hospitals and verified their educational records. The quacks had no educational qualifications.

President of the TCMC ISM wing, Dr T Sivadas, joint director of ISM Dr V N Gopinathan, TCMC Member Dr G Vinodkumar and drug control officials of ISM in the district were included in the team.

Sources from the checking squads said the team inspected Samudra Ayurveda research centre at Vadakara, where they found four unqualified people were working claiming as traditional doctors.   Two quacks were picked up from Vadakara ayurvedic cooperative hospital and one traditional healer from an ayurvedic clinic at Balussery.  The raid team also netted a forty year old indigenous healer from a hospital at Kozhikodu.

The team will submit the report to TCMC in next week. The checking squads informed Pharmabiz that the raids on quackery will continue in other districts in the coming days.

In March 2011, the Kerala chapter of the Ayurvedic Medical Association of India approached the high court at Ernakulam under Article 226 of the constitution of India  requesting to quash the state government order issued on 21-2-2011 giving exemption to traditional healers of Malabar region from acquiring recognised qualification and registration with the Travancore-Cochin Medical Council. Later the Council had passed a resolution against the decision of the government. Followed by it, the high court had issued a verdict against unqualified persons practicing Ayurveda and homoeopathy in the state.


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