January 30, 2023

Ayurved docs prescribing allopathy medicines is “illegal”, prime medical physique mentioned (Representational)


The ayurveda-versus-allopathy debate has taken a brand new flip with the Uttarakhand authorities deciding to permit ayurvedic docs prescribe choose allopathy medicines to sufferers in instances of emergencies.

Making the announcement on the sidelines of a programme to mark the International Day for Yoga on the Uttarakhand Ayurvedic University in Dehradun on Monday, state Ayush Minister Harak Singh Rawat mentioned the choice was taken for the advantage of the folks dwelling within the state’s distant hill areas, the place the first well being centres largely have ayurvedic docs.

There are round 800 ayurvedic docs in Uttarakhand and as many ayurvedic dispensaries, of which 90 per cent are situated within the distant hilly areas, he mentioned. The resolution, which requires modifications within the Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Chikitsa Adhiniyam, will assist folks dwelling within the catastrophe and accident susceptible hill areas who’re disadvantaged of correct healthcare services, the minister mentioned.

The announcement, nevertheless, has evoked a pointy response from the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Uttarakhand, which termed it “illegal”.

“It is illegal and falls into the category of mixopathy,” Uttarakhand IMA Secretary Ajay Khanna mentioned. “Mixopathy will only harm patients in an emergency. The Supreme Court and the high courts are very clear on this. Ayurvedic doctors cannot practise allopathy as they are not qualified for it,” he mentioned.

“How can ayurvedic doctors prescribe allopathy medicines without knowing about allopathy?” Mr Khanna requested.

But, Vice President of Bharatiya Chikitsa Parishad, Uttarakhand and senior doctor JN Nautiyal welcomed the choice, saying 80 per cent of the state’s inhabitants, which is disadvantaged of healthcare services, goes to profit immensely from it.

On the IMA’s response to the announcement, JN Nautiyal mentioned, “The IMA has double standards. Ayush doctors work in the ICUs and emergency wards of hospitals. The IMA has no problem with that. But now, when something is going to benefit such a large number of people in the hills, they have a problem.”

The ayurveda-versus-allopathy debate started within the nation final month when yoga guru Ramdev questioned the efficacy of allopathy medication within the remedy of COVID-19, prompting the IMA’s Uttarakhand unit to serve a defamation discover to the yoga exponent and demand a compensation of Rs 1,000 crore from him.

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