Of doctors and quacks

Both the kidneys are normal!



From politics to society, roads to corruption, Omar Abdullah to Mufti Sayeed, discussion at a marriage party switched to doctors. And it continued. Everyone had a tale to tell.
A young man said that his father-in-law had only one kidney. Few years ago, he said, one of his kidneys was removed. Now, he said, he would take him regularly for checkups. One day a doctor advised him that his patient needs to undergo routine ultrasonography. 
He took his father-in-law to a private hospital in uptown Srinagar for ultrasonography. All went well. He was greeted with smile and subsequently he paid money for the test. Ultrasonography was done, probably by some quacks or some MBBS degree holder doctor because there are a few radiologists in Kashmir and no one visits them. There clinics witness no rush. So it is my presumption that the ultrasonography might have been done by a quack. That is why I didn’t ask him who did the ultrasonography. 
He said after sometime report was handed over to him. The report, however, shocked him. It said both the kidneys of the patient are in normal size and shape. Aghast, he went to the doctor and told him that his father-in-law has only one kidney. Where from he located another kidney remains a mystery. The doctor informed him that didn’t sleep for few days and he would rectify the mistake in another ultrasonography. That too, free of cost! But the patient refused to visit him again. And the issue died down, then and there. “They all came pleading that I should not approach police and I didn’t,” he said.  
Another person narrated the agony of his nephew. He had a problem in his throat, he said. They took him to a doctor, an ENT specialist, of course. The ENT specialist provided high dose of antibiotics. His condition worsened. They took him to hospital where the same doctor declared that he has ‘cancer’. Frightened, they had to take him outside the State. The doctors there ruled out cancer. They provided medicine for infection. And within days he was normal. 
Another man’s wife was pregnant. He took her to private clinic where the gynecologist frightened them by saying that she will have an abnormal delivery. He suggested costly medicine. Like all Kashmiris, they consulted another doctor for second advice. She overruled anything abnormal and said the previous doctor had some contract with the medical company whose medicine she was prescribing. 
Even wazwan, which is never served on time, didn’t halt this discussion. There seems to be general hatred against doctors, chemists and medical companies. During the discussion everyone was praising doctors based outside the state, and saying that the medicine available outside the State is genuine. 
These are worrying signs. Doctor-patient relationship is based on trust. And if this trust is eroded by quacks, who indulge in malpractice, they should be exposed. The responsibility lies on doctors. They must come forward to deal with the issue. 
If sub-standard medicine is on sale in the Valley, the Deputy Drug Controller should be taken to task. Some people having vested interest should not be allowed to play with the lives of people. Otherwise a day will come when people will doubt every medicine sold by local chemists and will rush to New Delhi even for the treatment of common cold.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST

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