On 22 May, the Indian Medical Association released a press statement demanding that the government take action against the yoga guru Ramdev for his comments on modern medicine. The statement is reproduced below.
IMA DEMANDS HON. HEALTH MINISTER TO ACCEPT OR TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE VITRIOLIC ACCUSATION ON MODERN MEDICINE BY YOGA GURU UNDER EPIDEMIC ACT.
India is facing an unprecedented health care crisis due to SARS-COV-2 Pandemic and the modern medical fraternity along with the Government of India are striving hard to save millions of lives from the death tentacles of this virus. In this incessant battle more than 1200 modern medicine allopathic doctors have sacrificed their life by facing the corona bullet in the chest as they are in the front line of the war. Millions of people struggling hard to survive and breathe with COVID-19 pneumonia and associated complications were nurtured, cared and resuscitated to have a normal life by burning midnight oil and altruistic care by these dedicated doctors and their team. What the highly advanced developed countries could not achieve, in India, Indian hospitals and modern medical doctors could achieve to contain the COVID-19 mortality around one percent, amidst lack of adequate infrastructure, materials, and manpower by their sheer dedication and the commitment of consecrating their life and skills to alleviate the sufferings of humanity.