Indian Medical Association demands explanation from Union Health Minister for ‘promoting’ Patanjali’s Coronil

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday hit out at the “blatant lie of WHO certification” made by Panjali Ayurved for its 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. Patanjali Ayurved Ltd founder Ramdev, at a press conference on February 19, had claimed that Coronil had received certification from the Ayush Ministry as a medicine supporting Covid-19 treatment as per the WHO’s certification scheme. Harsh Vardhan was also present at the ceremony.

During a follow-up interview, Ramdev had also criticised modern medicine, equating it to “medical terrorism.” Later, WHO’s regional office for South-East Asia had clarified on Twitter that it has not “reviewed or certified the effectiveness of any traditional medicine” for the treatment of Covid-19 – a pointed reference to Coronil.

On Monday, the IMA in a statement demanded an explanation from the Health Minister over Patanjali’s claim of WHO certification and said that the association will write to the National Medical Commission, seeking a suo moto explanation for this “blatant disrespect” to the code of conduct of the Medical Council of India.The IMA also demanded that the Health Minister address their queries on how appropriate and rationale it was to release such false projections in front of the whole country….

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