Six hospitals and diagnostic centres in the district sealed off by authorities on Monday
The owner of two private clinics and diagnostic centres in Jessore’s Manirampur operated on patients although he neither has any medical degree nor experience.
“Abdul Hai, owner of two branches of Moon Hospital and Diagnostic Centre, was conducting operations identifying himself as a doctor,” Jessore acting Civil Surgeon Dr Abu Maud said on Monday night.
“He was playing with the lives of general people,” said Dr Maud, adding that both of the centres were sealed off and the district administration will be informed about this fake doctor.
Dr Maud said they sealed off six hospitals and diagnostic centres on Monday.
They are Satata Diagnostic Centre, Adhunik Diagnostic Centre in Jessore town, two branches of Moon Hospital and Diagnostic Centre in Manirampur upazila (one at Hospital Intersection and the other in Kuada area), New Pragati Hospital and Diagnostic Centre, and New Life Diagnostic Centre.
Meanwhile, Matribhasha Clinic and Diagnostic Centre in Khajura area, and Mohua Clinic in Basundia area were sealed off on Sunday and Wednesday, he added.
Dr Abu Maud also said that the owners of these institutions submitted faulty applications online, which is why they were out of reach.
50% clinics running illegally
A total of 211 among 262 hospitals and diagnostic centres were identified as illegal as they were conducting surgeries and diagnostics activities without permission, with expired licences.
Of them, 105 started medical activities just after applying online without completing the full process, while 106 did not renew their licences.
Only 51 medical institutions kept their licences updated.
Almost half of 68 clinics and diagnostic centres have been running illegally in district town and Sadar upazila, said the acting civil surgeon.
“The upazila’s picture is more serious as billboard-based health institutions have been cheating general people in the name of providing treatment,” he added.
Dr Maud said that most of them are run by quack technicians and they provide various medical reports at their will.
Clinics and diagnostic centres hire doctors for conducting operations at their illegal institutions, he added.