Aug 17, Colombo: There are over 10,000 quack doctors in Sri Lanka practicing western medicine without qualifications, the trade union of government doctors Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has found.
An investigation conducted by a team of doctors of GMOA led by Dr. Haritha Aluthgama has identified 10,400 fake doctors who are currently operating in the country without proper qualifications or licenses swindling the unwary public.
The investigation has found that 26.4 percent of private dispensary doctors are quacks. In the Gampaha town alone 35 percent of the doctors are unqualified to treat public, the national news agency Lankapuvath reported.
The findings come in the wake of the recent death of a female doctor during a cosmetic surgery procedure provided by an unqualified doctor who has operated a plastic surgery clinic in Colombo.
The Sri Lanka medical Council (SLMC), the Aryurvedic Medical Council and the Homeopathic Medical Council are the only three medical councils in Sri Lanka that provide certificates of approval to those who have qualified in medicine.
Many of the fake doctors take the registration number of registered doctors who are currently residing abroad, the investigation has found.
The quack doctors prescribe drugs to patients causing severe damage and sometimes death because they do not have the required knowledge, experience and qualifications, the GMOA says.
The health authorities say these illegal practices by the quacks endanger the lives of the public, especially of those who are suffering from spreading diseases such as dengue. These patients need special medications and prompt treatment, they point out, warning the public to seek treatment from qualified doctors.