Baba Ramdev’s comments on allopathy: Doctors protest with slogans on PPE, black bands

Several docs’ associations have alleged that Ramdev’s remarks have added to the “vaccine hesitancy” amongst individuals. (Photo: India Today)

Doctors throughout the nation are observing a Black Day in protest towards the remarks made by Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on allopathy and fashionable medication.

Staff at a number of hospitals nationwide held demonstrations, holding placards and calling for the arrest of the founding father of Patanjali Ayurved. Medical associations have additionally sought an “unconditional open public apology” from him for his remarks.

Issuing a call for protest on May 29, the Federation of Resident Doctors Associations (FORDA) had emphasised that healthcare providers is not going to be hampered because of the stir. Some docs marked their protest, whereas on obligation, with messages written on their PPE kits.

Photo posted by protesting docs on social media.

“Our protest began this morning against the remarks made by Ramdev, who is not qualified to even speak on the discipline of allopathy. It had affected the morale of doctors, who are fighting day in and day out in the pandemic. We demand an unconditional public apology from him or action against him under the Epidemic Diseases Act,” a senior FORDA official stated.

The FORDA has additionally alleged that Ramdev’s remarks have added to the “vaccine hesitancy” amongst individuals.

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Speaking concerning the situation, Dr Amandeep Singh, the president of the AIIMS RDA stated, “All doctors are hurt by his repeated statements against modern medicine and against those Covid warriors who have lost their lives treating patients. Every day he is tweeting against the treatment policy, the vaccine strategy but no action is being taken. I don’t know why the government is not acting.”

Doctors at Delhi’s Safdurjung Hospital

“Many doctors are wearing black armbands or black ribbons to symbolise the protest,” he stated, including, “Doctors in other cities are also joining the stir.”

“We are observing a Black Day against the misconceptions spread by Ramdev amongst the public. It was never Ayurveda vs allopathy. All health workers are serving the nation. We have all sacrificed our lives. But it is intolerable to mock any such martyrdom. Action should be taken against him under the Epidemic Act,” stated a protesting physician.

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Meanwhile, talking to AajTak, Baba Ramdev stated, “I have taken back my remarks and have expressed my apology. I pay respect to all Covid warriors who have lost their lives during this pandemic. The issue is exaggerated by the ugly attitude of the IMA — they call Ayurveda a pseudoscience even when leading doctors say 90 per cent of Covid patients can be treated at home with healthy eating and yoga. Then why insult yoga?”

Members of the Doctors Association Jammu protest in Udhampur.

“This is not allopathy vs Ayurveda. I have spoken against the drug mafia. I adopt allopathy as a science,” he added.

RAMDEV CREATES STIR WITH COMMENTS

Baba Ramdev was just lately pressured to withdraw a press release made in a viral video clip, wherein he was heard questioning a number of the medicines getting used to deal with the coronavirus an infection and saying that “lakhs have died from taking allopathic medicines for Covid-19”.

The remarks have been met with vociferous protests, following which Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan asked him to withdraw the “extremely unfortunate” statement.

Another video clip went viral wherein the yoga guru may very well be purportedly referring to the deaths of docs on account of Covid-19 and the inefficacy of Covid remedy protocols.

While Baba Ramdev retracted his remarks and provided an apology, a day later, the yoga guru posed 25 questions to the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in an “open letter” on his Twitter deal with, asking if allopathy provided everlasting aid from illnesses.

His remarks had irked the medical fraternity, upsetting the IMA. The IMA urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take motion towards Baba Ramdev underneath sedition and different expenses for allegedly “spearheading a misinformation campaign on Covid vaccination”.

The IMA also served a six-page defamation notice to Baba Ramdev for his alleged disparaging remarks towards allopathy and allopathic docs, demanding an apology from him inside 15 days, failing which it stated the affiliation will demand compensation of Rs 1,000 crore from the yoga guru.

Patanjali Yogpeeth confirmed that it has obtained a defamation discover served by the Indian Medical Association and stated it’s going to give legally a “befitting reply”.

(with inputs from Sneha Mordani and Aneesha Mathur)

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