New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) In a stinging attack on Ramdev, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has alleged that the yoga guru is creating a false sense of fear and frustration in the public at large so that he can sell his 'illegal' and 'unapproved' so-called medicines and make money at the cost of the people."IMA brings to the notice of our Health Minister, a video circulating in social media portraying the celebrated Yoga guruji addressing 'ALLOPATHY EK AISI STUPID AUR DIWALIYA SCIENCE HAI'. In the past too, he had uttered modern medical doctors as murderers in the presence of the Health Minister himself on the pretext of the release of his wonder drugs," the IMA said in a statement. "However, it is a well-known fact that the said yoga guruji and his associate Balkrishna Ji have been taking modern medical allopathy treatment as and when they get into illness. Now to mislead the public at large, he is making all false and baseless acquisitions so that he can sell his illegal and unapproved drugs," IMA said. "In this address, he has further claimed that Remdesivir, Faviflu and all other approved drugs by the DCGI have failed, and stated that 'LAKHO LOGO KI MAUT ALLOPHATHY KI DAWAI KHANE SE HUI HAI', challenging the wisdom and integrity of DCGI and the head of all these, our Health Minister," the statement said. Remdesivir and Faviflu have been approved by the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) and were notified for use for Covid patients by the Central government in June-July, 2020. The said notification was made by the Central government u/s 2A of the Epidemic Decease Act, 1897. "Therefore, u/s 3 of the Epidemic Decease Act read with Section 188 of IPC, Ramdev deserves to be prosecuted for disobeying and causing danger to the lives of many by making them believe not to take the advice of allopathy drugs. His quote about Favipiravir as medicine against fever/antipyretic is laughable and childish, and demonstrates his in-depth scientific knowledge," IMA added. "Besides being an internationally adorned yoga guru, he is a corporate giant of a pharmaceutical unit and has made several false acquisitions about his company products time and again to mislead the public. The controversies over Coronil and Swasari are well-known to all, and the criminal complaint in Muzaffarour court by social worker Tamanna Hashmi for misleading and putting to risk the lives of a large number of people is a proof to his misadventures," the statement added. --IANSsan/arm
Chennai, May 19 (IANS) Attendants of Covid-19 patients carried out a protest outside the Rajiv Gandhi general hospital here on Wednesday. The protest continued for two hours.The hospital had permitted one attendant each for a Covid-19 patient but around 100 people had thronged the premises of the hospital.Hospital sources said these people were claiming that they were the attendants of Covid-19 patients and police, on checking their credentials and details found that there were four to five attendants for each patient, leading to a huge crowding in hospital premises.Police removed all those who were thronging the hospital premises which led to protest by the attendants. As the attendants tried to enter the hospital again, police set up barricades to prevent them from entering the hospital. As the tension grew, more cops were called in to bring the situation under control. Finally, all attendants who were staying there in excess were removed after checking their credentials.--IANSaal/skp/
<br>IMA Agra secretary Anoop Dixit said the grievance cell will be headed by former IMA-Agra president Arun Chaturvedi.During the pandemic, there have been numerous complaints against doctors, mostly due to misinformation and lack of understanding of the problems associated with hospitalisation and treatment, medical experts said.One area that has caused maximum heart burning and anguish is the general response of the private nursing homes and hospitals, which have been accused of making money from the unprecedented health disaster. "The private doctors and their outfits have been squeezing the patients, overcharging for medicines, selling beds to the highest bidders. It's loot and exploitation, but the state government has shown no guts to tackle this issue," charged a widow of a social activist who succumbed to the virus some 10 days ago.Those who have means and contacts are getting the best facilities, while those who lack them are left at the mercy of government hospitals, where the conditions and attitude of doctors are far from friendly, according to a large number of patients' parties. Meanwhile, in the vast rural hinterland of Agra, trouble is brewing as the number of deaths is reportedly at an alarmingly high. "Visit any village, it is the same story of deaths and sufferings, though there is no way to get confirmed figures of deaths in the rural areas. But everywhere you go, the scenario is scary," a village panchayat secretary said.In Bamrauli Katara village, around 10 km from the Taj city, there have been more than 40 deaths in the past one month. Blame is being attributed to the large public meetings which were held during the recent panchayat elections without following the Covid protocols.The villagers told IANS that the government health centres rarely open, and no treatment is available for the villagers. "People are thus forced to go to the quacks and 'Jhola Chaaps' who give medicines without tests," a villager rued.An elderly person, Tula Ram, said that a large number of old men and women had died, as there was no one to take care of them or transport them to the health centres for fear of catching the infection. To rub salt to the wounds, few dared to perform the last rites of the deceased, as people were scared of touching bodies, added another villager. "The conditions are pathetic and there is no early hope for respite," said Sonvir Singh, a young activist of the area.Earlier on Saturday, the district magistrate of Agra visited some villages, including Barauli Ahir, Nainana Jat, Digner, Rohta and Kahrai, with teams of doctors to create awareness and take stock of the situation. Teams are now visiting other villages as well after alarming reports of deaths are coming in from the rural belt of Agra. Three-level committees have been set up in the district to look into the matter. According to the District Magistrate P.N. Singh, for the rural areas, the committees would be headed by the SDMs of the tehsils. Anyone with a problem could contact the committees for help, officials pointed out.<br>"Actually, the Covid-19 containment strategy has so far remained urban centric. No thought was given to the impact of migrants returning home and later the panchayat elections. Now you see the effects in full fury. It's difficult to guess the number of deaths in the past one month. It's a health disaster," added a local leader, Jagan Prasad. However, the scene is not uniform, as some areas are still unaffected, he clarified."The monsoon rains could make the situation worse. Though primary health centres and sub-units of the extension departments are there, but the staff crunch keeps them shut," said another rural activist, Manik Chand.--IANS<br>bj/arm<br>
Thiruvananthapuram, May 15 (IANS) The Kerala unit of the Indian Medical Association on Saturday recommended that in the wake of the massive Covid surge, it would be best if the swearing in of the second Pinarayi Vijayan government is done virtually.Vijayan on Friday said the swearing in has been fixed for May 20 and would be held at the Central Stadium.The preparations are going at a fast pace to erect a temporary space.According to sources, around 750 to 800 people will be allowed to grace the occasion.It's at this time the IMA led by its president P.T. Zacharias and its secretary P. Gopikumar in a statement requested that if it's done virtually, it would send a strong message to the people in the way Covid is being tackled.They also pointed out one reason why the second wave has been very bad -- it is on account of the relaxation that came during the time of the recent elections.Moreover, the state is at present under lockdown and starting from Monday, Thiruvananthapuram and three other districts will see a triple lockdown and it's at this time the swearing in is taking place, here.On Friday 34,694 people turned positive after 1,31,375 samples was tested, thereby taking the total active cases to 4,42,194.Likewise the test positivity rate has been hovering in the range of 25 per cent for a while.--IANSsg/skp/
New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Saturday slammed the Union Health Ministry, saying it is "astonished to see the extreme lethargy and inappropriate actions" from the department in combating the agonizing crisis caused by the devastating second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.Noting that the collective consciousness, proactive cognizance, and requests made by the IMA and other professional learned colleagues are put into the "dustbin", the association said the decisions are taken "without realizing the ground realities".In the last 20 days, an IMA statement said, the association has been insisting on the need for complete, well- planned pre-announced national lockdown rather than few states declaring lockdown ranging for 10 days to 15 days - so as to getting breathing time for the health care infrastructure to recoup and replenish both the material and manpower."Lockdown will break the chain of devastating spread," said the IMA, a national voluntary organisation of Doctors of Modern Scientific System of Medicine in India.However, it said, the Central government had refused to implement the lockdown resulting in mounting of new patients beyond four lakhs every day and the number of moderate to severe cases are increasing to nearly 40 per cent.Mentioning that "sporadic night curfews have not done any good", the IMA stressed: "Life is precious than the economy.""Wake up from slumber and respond to mitigate the growing challenges in covid pandemic," the IMA said. The equitable, accessible, and affordable vaccination for all above 18 years were demanded by the IMA based on scientific facts from April 6 onward and after persistent call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his innovative qualities assured the nation, the vaccination drive was started from May 1, it said."It is unfortunate, the ministry has failed to make the necessary required roadmap and ensure vaccine stock, resulting in the majority of the places where vaccination could not be rolled out for people above 18 years," the IMA said."When the Prime minister notification is not implemented scrupulously, who is to be blamed?"Considering differential Covid vaccine pricing system as "unhumanistic", the IMA said the people of the age group between 18 and 45 years are forbidden to get the free vaccination from the central share of 50 per cent and they are placed under the mercy of the state governments."The jeopardy of private practitioners and states to negotiate with manufacturers for pricing and stock resulted in exorbitant price rise and vaccine shortage."Giving example of eradication of smallpox and polio in 1997 and 2014, the IMA said it could only happen by adopting the universal free vaccination and not by differential pricing system.When Rs 35,000 crore were allotted in the budget, the IMA said, with which the maximum required 200 crore vaccine dozes are purchasable."Why the central government is shedding its responsibility?," asked the IMA, adding "unless the government comes out and implements with willingness and steadfastness for equitable distribution, we will not be able the achieve the goal".Today for the last seven days, the IMA said, "no vaccine is available in small and medium private hospitals"."The crisis of oxygen is deepening every day and scores of people are succumbing to Oxygen mismatch supply and it is creating panic both among patients and fraternity. Though there is enough production, it is often the distribution which is not proper," said the IMA.Even after 15 days of the crisis, the IMA said: "The government is not seen at the forefront to solve these issues and resulting in people knocking at the doors of courts to get justice, resulting in judicial activism."Health care professional oganisations are neither consulted nor the honourable Health minister in this whole pandemic had time to interact with modern medicine professional organisations to solve this issue. Imported oxygen concentrators and oxygen plants are yet to reach the beneficiaries."The IMA later appealed saying, "as the time is running out with the impending crisis lest we deepen the crisis, solve it on a war footing"."Though various mutants are identified yet the real hazard is not explained in actual terms. Dedicated experts shall be designated to study this and propose mitigation measures at the earliest," the IMA suggested.The IMA also raised question over the government hiding actual Covid deaths. "Why are we trying to hide actual deaths? If the public comes to know about the actual deaths, their seriousness to adopt Covid-appropriate behaviours will rise."The IMA demanded to revamp the entire health care administration with Indian Medical Service (MS) cadets who are "well versed with the technical and administrative skill for effective execution of health care"."We also demand to establish a new integrated Ministry to serve in this pandemic with a dedicated, proactive, vibrant, innovative, and altruistic Minister and alleviate the fear of people by leading from the front."We propose for augmentation of infrastructure, materials, and manpower by enhancing health care budget to be raised from 1 per cent of GDP to minimum 8-10 per of GDP, and judiciously use the earmarked budget amount for ensuring equitable and affordable Universal vaccination."--IANSrak/skp/
Mumbai, May 7 (IANS) Accusing the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) of 'betrayal', hundreds of resident doctors have launched a protest 'on-duty' demanding payment of arrears of their increased stipend announced last year, here on Friday.The frontline medicos, working 24x7 for Covid-19 patients started a social media campaign and carried placards bearing slogans like 'BMC Betrayed Us', 'Betrayed, Still Working' in various city hospitals.The doctors from the BMC's Sion, KEM and Nair hospitals are taking part in the protests which started last week symbolically by wearing black badges on duty.At the height of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown in August 2020, the Maharashtra government had approved a proposal of increased stipend of Rs 10,000 per month.The resident doctors have demanded that the stipend arrears must be cleared in full and not adjusted with the incentives given for Covid duty as the BMC has planned.If their demands are not met, the doctors plan to launch an 'on-duty' indefinite hunger strike from Monday, as per a statement by Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD).Despite repeated attempts by IANS, top BMC officials were not available on Friday to comment on the MARD's ultimatum of hunger-strike from May 10.--IANSqn/pgh
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