Over 600 Ayurveda doctors from city participate in protest march in Delhi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Nov 2017 08:52:47


Principal Correspondent,

Hospitals run by Ayurvedic practitioners remained closed as mark of solidarity

About 20,000 doctors practicing Ayurvedic medicine took out a protest march in Delhi. Later, a delegation met officials concerned at the PMO and submitted a memorandum. Over 600 doctors from Nagpur including Dr Nitin Warghane, Dr Shailesh Manekar, Dr Ravindra Bothra, Dr Pravin Dangore, Dr Mohan Yende, Dr Dilip Faye and others participated in the march.

The National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) had threatened a nationwide agitation at Delhi on Monday. The Ayurvedic doctors pan India gathered at Chandani Chowk in New Delhi and press the demands on clarifying on the National Council for Integrated System of Medicine (NCISM) bill were not met.

The NCISM bill was introduced on March 8, 2017. Various organizations believing in the Integrated System of Medicine (ISM) have made different representations pointing out the faults in the bill but the central government has not responded to any of these. NIMA had taken out a march at Nagpur to the collector office. It had demanded change in the bill as a part of the national strategy. But the union government did not pay any heed to this also. Hence the association has now decided to conduct a national strike under which all the Ayurvedic establishments will remain close on this day.

Dr Shailesh Manekar, Secretary of NIMA said that all state governments in both public and private sector were running the health services largely based on support of the BAMS and BUMS doctors. The issue of non-completion of bond by the students who complete MBBS is still hot and NIMA gives shocking revelation that these doctors don't come to the hospitals and the BAMS doctors handle patients there.

Even in cities, in all big multi-speciality hospitals, the round the clock services are managed by BAMS doctors including ICUs. NIMA has been demanding that Ayurveda be a part of the integrated system of medicine which should be nationally acceptable. It says that the Central Council of Integrated Medicine which at present governs the Ayurvedic doctors has at present an elected body. These doctors fear that there would be no representation of Ayurvedic doctors if the NCISM bill is passed in its draft form.