RAWALPINDI - People from different walks of life and patients have urged health authorities to launch a crackdown on quacks in all the areas of the city who are playing with the lives of innocent citizens.

Fake health practitioners are spreading spurious and fatal diseases in the name of inexpensive treatment in all the areas of the city, while the district administration and health authorities have turned a blind eye towards the matter of serious concerns.

Moreover, they are running their clinics with impunity and when the health condition of any patient deteriorates, they send him to hospitals of the city.

Patients are of the view that these quacks are almost illiterate and cannot even write their names but are playing with the lives of people in the name of inexpensive health services in their surroundings.

Educated and concerned citizens fear that functioning of such clinics under the umbrella of corrupt health official could lead to deadly diseases like Hepatitis C and B. On the other hand, a large number of health department employees are also running clinics in several areas.

Sources said that these quacks grease the palm of health officials in order to run their clinics without checking. It should be mentioned here that most of the areas have been neglected in drive against quacks which was injustice with the residents of low-income members of the society.

The citizens have urged the higher authorities concerned to take notice of the situation and play their role to curb the practice of quacks.