Authorities to crack whip on quack doctors in Sri Lanka

  • 18 Apr 2008 07:32:06 GMT

    Nada had a narrow escape.

  • 18 Apr 2008 07:55:27 GMT

    When will the Slankans crack down on quack/crook politicians posing even greater risk to the general public that quack doctors.

  • 18 Apr 2008 08:52:05 GMT

    Very soon R`kolla, very soon!

  • 18 Apr 2008 09:14:09 GMT

    This remedy remind me of proverb ` Amude for diarrhea`.

    Where is the problem?

    1) People has to wait in many hours in a hospital queue

    2) Specialized hospital service mostly for channeled patients.

    3) Many remote villages does not have proper hospital transport service.

    4) Many decades those doctors helped poor and innocent villagers.

    Ministry agreeing to the fact that many are paramedic or dispensers who have basic knowledge of what is been happening.

    According to my understanding they are better than village Weda mahatma with poor knowledge of modern medicine.

    What we have to do is register these quack doctors and give them basic training of medicine and let them do their jobs.

    In our country Kattdiya or a soothsayer prescribe medicine. Some clergy also do the same job.

    Problem is pharmacy dispense any medicine without proper prescriptions.Like in western countries we don`t have system to check for authenticity and control the bogus referrals.specially pharmacies are against this system.We try to control the symptoms ignoring the infection.

  • 18 Apr 2008 09:26:47 GMT

    What is this gchula99?

    For all four reasons you have given, having quack Doctors is the solution? If you say Yes! That is going to be classical call Amude for diarrhea.

    Village Veda Mahaththya is a person who use herbal medicine, which do not do much harm if it is over dose, and most of the village people have an idea about the medicine that Veda Mahathmaya prescribe.

  • 18 Apr 2008 10:10:11 GMT


    I remember when I was a small boy we were treated successfully by Sudu weda mahattaya for mild infections.He was a dispenser for a retired Assistance medical practitioner.

    I can give you hundred of examples where proper Weda Mahattayas have killed many patients.Problem is not the herbals but with the diagnosis.Our cultural and traditional believes strongly forces us to adhere to the system.We believe herbal have wonderful power of heeling. Wedamahattays do wanders in Tele dramas but not in real world.They treat cancer patients heal high pressure and diabetic patients.Wick, think and tell me are they correct.They killed three of my uncles by treating after bitten by a mad dog.

  • 18 Apr 2008 16:16:59 GMT

    [Nada had a narrow escape.]

    Got to be fair: during the time of Nada there were few or non of quack doctors.

    Now the authorities have started to crack the whip and Pera leaves for Australia. Is this a coincidence?

  • 19 Apr 2008 12:05:10 GMT

    Quack doctors..

    Authorities must crack down the fake politicians who are posing very danger for the country..

    Especially,the politicians without even going to school as well as the Ministers who got the Job with Middle East house driving experience..

    This kind of people are very dangerous for the society as well as for the Man-kind..

  • 19 Apr 2008 15:13:39 GMT

    Whilst the need to stop quack doctors is important, the government should have a program of training para medics affiliated to local hospitals or health institutes who could provide some basic service initialy to villagers. Midwifery program works quite well in Sri Lanka and they also part of the time work as bare foot doctors.

    The system of barefoot doctors was among the most important inspirations for the WHO conference in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan in 1978 where the Declaration of Alma-Ata was signed unanimously. This was hailed as a revolutionary breakthrough in international health ideology - it called for local communities participating in deciding health care priorities, called for an emphasis on primary health care and preventative medicine, and most importantly sought to link medicine with trade, economics, industry, rural politics and other political and social areas.

  • 19 Apr 2008 15:28:49 GMT

    [Authorities must crack down the fake politicians who are posing very danger for the country..


    There are is nothing called Fake politicians since they do not have to have a certificate to show that they have training in politics. Politicians can be sincere or insincere, corrupt and rogues ,yet they are politicians.