Dr Ramesh Nikam, medical officer for health, NMMC said that the administration had taken action against Dede in 2010. “A survey of private clinics and dispensaries in the civic jurisdiction revealed that he was one of the several quacks practising illegally. He was prescribing drugs to the patients, who visited his clinic believing that he was a doctor without verifying his credentials,” he added.
Dede had put up a board at his clinic claiming that he was BEMS (Bachelor of Electropathy Medicine and Surgery).
The civic body had filed FIRs against 26 fake doctors for illegally practising medicine in 2010 and also sealed their clinics. “Recently, we conducted the survey to check for bogus doctors in NMMC jurisdiction again and found that these 26 offenders are practising despite not being registered with Maharashtra Medical Council,” said Nikam.
He added that other miscreant posing as doctors and treating patients will face similar legal action in two days as mandatory documents are being verified again.
“We have informed the respective police stations to ensure that the clinics of such quacks that have been sealed by NMMC are not tampered with,” said Nikam
The Nerul police had arrested two other fake doctors before. A quack, who had been practising medicine in Darave village for the past 16 years, was arrested in February.
Shantaram Aarote (44) had forged a BAMS degree from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar University. Dattatray Agade (44), a bogus doctor in Nerul was arrested in November for allegedly causing the death of a patient.