New Delhi: After Yoga Guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved announced that Coronil is very effective in boosting immunity and controlling COVID-19, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) raised strong objection against the claim on Monday. The IMA, in a statement, said: “Indian Medical Association is shocked to note the blatant lie of WHO certification for a secret medicine launched by Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved in the presence of Hon’ble Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.”
On Friday, Ramdev released a scientific research paper prepared by the Patanjali Research Institute on the “first evidence-based ayurvedic medicine” against coronavirus named Coronil. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan as well as Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari were present at the launch of the paper organised by Patanjali.
“Coronil has received the Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product (CoPP) from the Ayush section of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation as per the WHO certification scheme,” Patanjali said in a statement. However, the WHO later issued a clarification that it did not review or certify any traditional medicine to treat or prevent COVID-19. WHO’s 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 #Covid19.
It is proved beyond doubt to the entire country, “how false the projections are about the said anti-corona ayurvedic medicine”, the IMA said in its strongly worded letter. The IMA also raised questions over the presence of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who himself is a doctor. The IMA said that, however, what comes as a surprise is a minister promoting the drug.
“This is a blatant deceiving of the people of the country. How can a drug be effective for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation from the disease? If CORONIL is effective for prevention, why Government is spending Rs 35,000 crore for vaccination? Is the Health Minister promoting CORONIL for prevention than the vaccine as Ayurveda may not prescribe vaccination for preventing a disease?,” the IMA said in its statement. Seeking an explanation from Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, the IMA said it will “also write to National Medical Commission for seeking Suo moto explanation for his blatant disrespect to the code of conduct of Medical council of India.”
As per the code of act of the Medical council of India, which binds the code of conduct of every modern medical doctor under section 6:1:1, no doctor can promote any drug. “A physician shall not give to any person, whether for compensation or otherwise, any approval, recommendation, endorsement, certificate, report or statement with respect of any drug, medicine, with his name, signature, or photograph in any form or manner of advertising through any mode nor shall he boast of cases, operations, cures or remedies or permit the publication of report thereof through any mode,” the act says.