IMA seeks action from PM Modi against vaccine misinformation by Ramdev
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek his help in stopping the misinformation campaign on COVID-19 vaccination by Baba Ramdev, and demanded action for his alleged remarks on allopathy and allopathic doctors.
In a video that went viral on social media, Ramdev had claimed that 10,000 doctors died due to COVID-19 despite taking both doses of the vaccine. He further alleged that lakhs of people were dying due to allopathic medicine.
In the letter, the IMA pointed that nearly 10 lakh doctors were at the forefront, helping in containing the mortality rate to around one per cent, even as resources and manpower were scarce.
The IMA said "many developed countries couldn't achieve" what is being done in India and yet the system is "ridiculed and called as a stupid system."
The association lauded all systems of medicine, especially the Indian system of Ayurveda, and stated that people have benefitted from these systems in different ways.
The association said that it is not against any treatment or drug but opposed the promotion of certain drugs as curative drugs without approval from the AYUSH Ministry.
"We appeal to your highness, to take appropriate action against individuals viciously propagating the message of fear on vaccination," IMA said, adding that many such individuals were trying to violate government protocols for their own vested interests of promoting their individual businesses.
"This in our opinion is a clear cut cases of a sedition and such persons should be booked immediately without any delay under the charges of sedition," the association further added.
So far, 753 doctors have lost their lives in the first wave of COVID and 513 doctors in the second wave, as per data of the IMA.
(Edited by Anirban Paul)
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