New Delhi: Country’s top doctors’ body, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday demanded an explanation from Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan for promoting Patanjali’s Coronil Ayurvedic medicine. “Being a Health Minister of the country, how justified is it to release such falsely fabricated unscientific product to people of the whole country and how ethical is it to promote the product in unethical, wrong and false ways,” Dr Jayalal, IMA national president was quoted as saying. Also Read - COVID Vaccination: 1.47 Crore Doses Administered Till Now; Here's How You Can Get Inoculated Too
“Let us not adulterate Ayurveda on the pretext of market gain to some monopoly corporate and create a disaster for humanity,” IMA said. IMA also said it will write to National Medical Commission for seeking suo moto explanation for the blatant disrespect to the code of conduct of the Medical Council of India (MCI). Also Read - Chinese Hackers Targeted Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech, Claims Report by Cyber Firm
As per the code of act of the MCI, it is unethical to promote any drug or to prescribe it without knowing its composition. Also Read - Nitish Kumar Gets COVID Vaccine at IGIMS; Urges People of Bihar to Follow Suit, Not Let Their Guard Down
“It was claimed by Baba Ramdev along with Health Minister that the said Coronil Ayurvedic medicine has got WHO certification. This has been clearly denied by WHO in an official tweet. The said false and fabricated projection of an unscientific medicine by the Health Minister to the entire country and being rejected by WHO is a slap and insult to the people of the country,” IMA statement reads.
The World Health Organization (WHO), however, clarified in a tweet that it has not reviewed or certified the efficacy of Patanjali’s Covid-19. WHO’s the regional office for South-East Asia posted on its official Twitter handle, “@WHO has not reviewed or certified the effectiveness of any traditional medicine for the treatment #Covidl9.”
IMA also sought clarification on clinical trials from the health ministry.
“Being a Health Minister of the country and a modern medicine doctor, can you clarify the scientific results of the clinical trials, if any, for the so-called clinical trial of this said anti-corona product promoted by you?” it asked.
Yoga guru Ramdev, founder of Patanjali Ayurveda Limited, launched Coronil, claiming it to be the first evidence-based medicine for COVID-19.
Baba Ramdev also said this so-called Coronil to be used for prevention, treatment as well as post-COVID phase treatment. It was mentioned that the said medicine is the first evidence-based medicine.
(With inputs from ANI)