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IMA defamed Harsh Vardhan, fabricated facts for cheap publicity: DMA

24 February 2021 02:24

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) A state unit of Indian Medical Association (IMA) has turned against the national body over its sharp criticism of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan for endorsing Patanjalis Coronil tablet.The Delhi Medical Association (DMA), a state branch of IMA, has called out its national executive bodys statement against Harsh Vardhan defamatory and an act of garnering cheap publicity. Incidentally, Harsh Vardhan is a past President of the state branch.The IMA has fabricated the facts to make a sensational case against the Health Minister only to achieve cheap publicity by abusing a sincere dedicated and honest member of IMA who has brought laurels to whole medical community by occupying the position of the Union Minister of Health by his sheer hard work, sincerity and integrity, the DMA said in a statement.The Delhi Medical Association strongly condemns the press release from Indian Medical Association dated 22-2-2021. The contents of the press release are baseless, unauthorised, illegal and defamatory for the clean and honest image of Honble Union Minister of Health Harsh Vardhan, the association stated.On Monday, the IMA had questioned Harsh Vardhan about promoting Patanjalis unscientific ayurvedic tablet Coronil as the first evidence-based medicine for Covid-19 and sought a public explanation from him.Being the Health Minister of the country and a modern medicine doctor, how ethical is it to promote an unscientific product before the country? How justified is it to release a false, fabricated and unscientific product? If Coronil is so effective, why spend Rs 35,000 crore on vaccinations? IMA had asked Harsh Vardhan in a letter.The apex body of doctors also accused the minister of violating the Medical Council of Indias Code of Ethics by promoting a drug with unsubstantiated claims of treatment. The IMA had also said that it would write to the National Medical Commission about the blatant disrespect for the MCI code.The issue started when Harsh Vardhan, along with Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari, attended an event on Friday called by Patanjali wherein it presented a research paper for its drug Coronil which it touted as an effective medicine in prevention and treatment of Covid-19.The drug firm also publicised that it has received Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product (CoPP) as per World Health Organisation (WHO) certification scheme, which the UN body d.
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