IMA cited a recent video of Baba Ramdev which is viral on social media. In the video, Ramdev is allegedly heard saying, “Allopathy ek aisi stupid and diwaliya science hai.”
The Indian Medical Association has urged the health minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, to take action against Yog Guru Swami Ramdev under the Epidemic Act for vitriolic accusation on modern medicine especially during the present unprecedented health care crisis due to COVID-19.
IMA threatened for Legal Action
Indian Medical Association (IMA) has threatened to move court if the Union Health Ministry does not take cognisance of “false and baseless” statements made by yoga guru Ramdev.
In a statement issued on May 22, IMA said, “Union Health Minister either accept accusation and dissolve modern medical facility or prosecute him and book him under Epidemic Diseases Act.”
IMA cited a recent video of Ramdev which is viral on social media. In the video, Ramdev is allegedly heard saying, “Allopathy ek aisi stupid and diwaliya science hai.”
The association also objected to Ramdev’s statement, “Lakho logo ki maut Allopathy ki dawai khane se hui hai” saying that it challenges the wisdom and integrity of the Drug Controller General of India and the Union Health Ministry.
Under section 3 of the Epidemic Disease Act read with section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, Swami Ramdev deserves to be prosecuted for disobeying and causing danger to the life of many by making them believe and make them not to take the advice of allopathy drugs
Ramdev misleading people
The IMA accused that Ramdev made the alleged remarks to mislead the public at large and the Yog Guru is making all false and baseless acquisitions so that he can sell his illegal and unapproved drugs.
“Swami Ramdev deserves to be prosecuted for disobeying and cause danger to the life of many by making them believe and make them not to take the advice of allopathy drugs. His quote about Favipiravir as medicine against fever/antipyretic is laughable, childish, and demonstrates his in-depth scientific knowledge,” the country’s top medical body said.
Earlier also IMA expressed shock over the “blatant lie of WHO certification” for Patanjali’s Coronil tablet, which the company claims is an evidence-based medicine to fight COVID-19, and demanded an explanation from Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in whose presence the medicine was launched.
This comes in the wake of global health body, WHO, clarifying that it has not reviewed or certified the effectiveness of any traditional medicine for the treatment of COVID-19.
Yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved had on February 19 said that the Coronil tablet had received certification from the Ayush Ministry as a medicine supporting COVID-19 treatment as per the World Health Organization’s certification scheme.
However, Patanjali’s managing director Acharya Balkrishna later made a clarification about the certification through a tweet saying, “We want to clarify to avoid confusion that our WHO GMP compliant COPP certificate to Coronil is issued by DCGI, Government of India. It is clear that WHO do not approve or disapprove any drugs. WHO works for building a better, healthier future for people all over the world
Baba Ramdev’s video surfaced on the internet and on the national news channels, in which he advised the COVID-19 patients to not to go to the hospitals for treatment but should cure the symptoms themselves by following his advice. Ramdev also stated in the video that if anyone is having deficiency in their oxygen levels, they should do ‘Anulom vilom Pranayama’ and ‘Kapalbhati Pranayama’. He gave advice to the COVID-19 patients against the advice/directions issued by the Government of India for the treatment of COVID-19 and in that way pushed the patients towards their deathbeds without any treatment from the hospital.
In an interview with ABP News, Ramdev defamed doctors by stating that Remdesivir and other injections that are being used to treat COVID-19 patients lead to deaths.
Baba Ramdev stated that the doctors intentionally give injection to kill patients and by doing so, he created panic in the public. Due to this, patients would not feel like coming to the hospitals for treatment, hence creating a problem for the government to overcome the situation.