Srinagar, Mar 16: A private clinic is allegedly looting patients while using the fake prescription of a renowned gynecologist in Karan Nagar area of summer capital Srinagar here.
Apollo Clinic located in Karan Nagar area of Srinagar city is claiming to treat patients suffering from infertility. The clinic as per patients has tied up with Seeds of Innocence, Fertility and Maternity Centre Delhi.
“There is nothing in the clinic apart from a few machines. The patients are given false hopes that they will be treated by top gynecologists but unfortunately they are asked to pay huge fee, undergo tests worth thousands and many patients are also sent to Delhi where they are charged lakhs of rupees. The poor patients are deliberately looted and given the false hope of fertility,” said an attendant.
Patients told Kashmir News Trust that the centre is allegedly luring, claiming the renowned gynecologist Dr. Gauri Agarwal is consulting patients in the centre “which is not the reality”.
One of the attendant Sheikh Zubair (33) of Kani Kadal Srinagar who earlier filed a complaint in the Karan Nagar police station said: “I saw an advertisement in the local newspaper about the non local renowned gynecologist, Dr. Gauri Agarwal consulting the patients. I visited the clinic along with my wife Shafia but i could not find the same doctor there.”
He added: “After paying the fee I found another doctor namely Dr. Tara much to my surprise.”
Narrating the situation he had undergone, Sheikh said when he and his wife entered into the centre he found different doctor who asked his wife to go for In vitro fertilisation (IVF).
IVF is a process of fertilization where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, in vitro test. “My wife had different complications and when the doctor asked me to go for IVF i got confused. I came out of the hospital and googled the name of Dr. Agarwal and surprisingly i found a different image which shocked me.”
Sheikh said when he contacted the management about the cheating patients face. The management replied him to return his fee of Rs.1000 and also requested him to conceal the matter.
The much exaggerated advertisements and banners of this private clinic claims to be treating patients, suffering from infertility are baseless. On the ground the hospital is looting poor patients, Sheikh lamented.
He said that such type of hospitals first lure patients through advertisements and then loots them.
Every day, hundreds of patients find these advertisements on the local newspapers and go to this clinic in order to get treated. “Before using fake advertisements newspapers should also check the authenticity thoroughly.”
The clinic as per the attendant is minting huge money through tests and other medical procedures also.
The patients felt shocked over the incident and have also blamed directorate of health services Kashmir for failing to check the presence of such type of clinics who lure patients through false advertisements.
Despite repeated attempts the management of this clinic remains unavailable for the comments.
It is pertinent to mention here that over the past few years different fake doctors have surfaced from different clinics in the valley.
In 2018 Jammu and Kashmir police arrested a self-proclaimed doctor who was evading arrest for after a video had went viral on a web portal showing him practicing at three different clinics across the north Kashmir.
Tariq Ahmad Telli, 32, a resident of Chokar Pattan was arrested in Baramulla town. “He was arrested when he preparing to get anticipatory bail from a court,” said Muhammad Salem, SHO Pattan.
In September 2018, health department also sealed the clinic in Qazigund area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district after the clinic displayed the sign board of a fake doctor.