Police arrest electropath for illegally practicing allopathy; drugs and injections worth more than Rs 56,000 seized

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Mira Bhayandar-Vasai Virar (MBVV) police criminal branch unit led by IPA Kailash Tokle booked an electric path who illegally practiced allopathy in his Kashimira clinic.

The police team was accompanied by doctors from the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) led by doctor Dr. Gayatri Jaddhav.

On a denunciation, the team fell on the electro-homeopathy clinic on Monday evening. The clinic was run by a person identified as Umakant Gharate who not only prescribed allopathic medicines but also used the title of doctor with his name.

After Gharate failed to produce legitimate documents including medical degree, license issued by Maharashtra Medical Council, license issued by MBMC health department or certificate of biomedical waste treatment, the Police arrested him under Section 33 of the Maharashtra Physicians Act 1961. All he was able to produce was the Xerox copy of a certificate issued by a Jalgaon-based electro-medical educational institution, an official said.

Police seized allopathic medicines and injections worth over Rs. 56,000. Further investigations were ongoing. There are 207 private hospitals and over 880 clinics listed in the twin city. However, unqualified doctors have multiplied in the twin city, especially in the slums.

Notably, the MBMC recently recorded an offense against a charlatan who managed to secure contract employment at the civic body’s own healthcare facility to treat Covid-19 patients.

Taking serious note of charlatans who may become a reason for the death of a patient through negligence, the Lokayukta had recently requested a report on the actions taken by civic bodies.

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Posted: Tuesday February 15th 2022, 6:02 PM IST

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