Karachi:Scores of quacks, non-technical paramedics and unskilled midwives are openly running private hospitals, medical or dental clinics and maternity homes throughout Karachi, especially in suburban area of the city due to poor monitoring system of Sindh Healthcare Commission (SHCC) and Sindh health department, it was learned on Wednesday.

An official at Sindh Health Department told PPI that SHCC had failed to devise a comprehensive strategy to control illegal practices of quacks operating in Karachi as old and suburban areas of the city had become hub of illegal dental or medical clinics and maternity homes.

He informed that hundreds of illegal hospital, dental clinics and maternity homes were operating across the city, especially in old and suburban areas without check and balance. These dental and medical clinics and maternity homes are being run by non-qualified doctors, technicians and midwives.

He said non-qualified people were not only spreading diseases but also further increasing medical complications among the patients who visited them due to lack of awareness while Health Service Department of Karachi and SHCC authorities concerned had shut their eyes on this illegal practices.

He said city’s suburban areas, including New Karachi, Surjani Town, North Nazimabad, Bilal Colony, Ittehad Town, Baldia Town, Orangi Town, Korangi Town and Sohrab Goth, while old city areas of Karachi like Saddar, Lee Market, Lyari, Mauripur, Quaidabad, Landhi, Bin Qasim, Manghopir and Malir, had become hub of illegal dental and medical clinics and maternity homes. He said non-qualified doctors, technicians and midwives had been using the names of city’s known physicians and surgeons to get more and more attention of innocent citizens.

Official said SHCC had launched drives against such elements in past on various occasion but unfortunately, all campaigns could not produce desired results due to political pressure, poor planning and lack of coordination between SHCC and health department. Media Coordinator to the Health Minister Meeran Yousuf, was not available for comments.