Baramulla: Block Medical Officer (BMO) Pattan on Sunday sealed eight private clinics and two hospitals in Pattan area of district for not following the guidelines of the health department.
The owners of 15 other clinics were warned to make improvement and strictly adhere to all guidelines within one week otherwise stringent action will be taken against them.
The authorities on Sunday woke up to the mushrooming of diagnostic centers in the block Pattan by sealing unregistered labs in the area. “These centers were not registered with this department which is a pre-requisite under Clinical Establishment Act,” the officials said.
People have hailed the action of health officials. Locals were already up in arms against health officials for allowing unregistered clinics in the area who they say were charging them at will.
People demanded that adequate infrastructure should be in place at all these centers, vetted by the health officials. Officials in CMO Baramulla said that the ‘surprise checks’ were conducted to ‘streamline the functioning of diagnostic centers and clinic establishments and to curb menace of quacks’.