In response to the ‘vitriolic’ accusation on modern medicine by Baba Ramdev, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has asked the Union health minister Harsh Vardhan to take action against the yoga guru under the Epidemic Act, 1897.
IMA has issued a press statement today formed by the national-level doctor’s association. The statement reads, “IMA brings to the notice of our Hon. Health minister, a video circulating in social media portraying, the celebrated Yoga guruji addressing “ALLOPATHY EK AISI STUPID AUR DIWALIYA SCIENCE HAI” [Allopathy is such a stupid and bankrupt science].”
The statement goes on to read: “He [Ramdev] had further claimed that Remdesivir, Faviflu, and all other approved drugs by DCGI have failed and stated “LAKHO LOGO KI MAUT ALLOPATHY KI DAWAI KHANE SE HUI HAI” [Millions of people have died due to the consumption of allopathy medicines].”
The IMA further stated that more than 1,200 modern medicine allopathic doctors have sacrificed their life so far in fighting the COVID war as front liners.
After seeing the objectionable comments by the Yoga Guru, the association has demanded the health minister, who himself is practicing modern medicine of allopathic postgraduate and head of the health ministry, to “either accept the challenge and accusation of this gentleman and dissolve the modern medical facility or boldy face and prosecute the person for his words of arson on the sovereignty of the country and book him under the epidemic act to save millions of people from such unscientific utterances.”
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The IMA reminded that earlier, Ramdev had termed modern medical doctors as ‘murderers’ in the presence of the Union health minister himself.
“Enough is enough,” reads the doctors’ association statement signed by JA Jayalal, the national president, and Jayesh M Lele, honorary secretary general of IMA.
The association further threatened to knock the doors of the judiciary to get justice and resort to democratic means of struggle to propagate the truth to the citizens, if the health minister will not take the Suo moto action against Ramdev.
Earlier, on May 8, IMA had released a press statement in which it had lashed out at the Union health ministry over COVID19 death data highlighting the vaccine shortage and oxygen supply issues in the country.
The association had accused the health ministry of not taking proper steps to deal with the second wave of COVID-19. “It should ‘wake up’ and respond to alleviate the growing challenges of the current pandemic”, said the association.
Early this year, at an event attended by the Union health minister, Ramdev claimed that Patanjali’s Coronil was the “first evidence-based medicine” for the coronavirus. The IMD had criticised the central government for promoting “an unscientific medicine” like Coronil.
The association had come down heavily on the Union health minister for endorsing and making an appearance at the launch of the Coronil by Ramdev.