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IMA vehemently opposes integration of all systems of medicine; calls it 'khichdi' medical system

Yash Ved, Mumbai
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has stated that it is highly perturbed by the recent policy proposals for integration of all systems of medicine, calling it a ‘khichdi’ medical system.

The radical changes that are being institutionalised will have series impact on the health of people and can put millions of lives at risk, the IMA has warned, stating further that it stands for purity of systems of modern medicine as well as Ayush and this new system will provide "hybrid doctors" and the choice of the patient is effectively nullified.

"It is not in the interest of traditional systems either to lose their identity and further development. As such 96 per cent patients in IPD (inpatient department) and 94 per cent of patients in OPD are being served by modern medicine. Currently, a patient has the choice of choosing either modern medicine or alternative system as per their desire," Dr Rajan Sharma, national president, IMA stated.

The association stated that NITI Aayog has formed four committees to integrate all systems of medicine. These committees are in the area of medical education, clinical practice, public health, medical research and administration.

The theoretical basis of policy seems to emanate from the new National Education Policy.

The association stated that the most important policy shift is from multiple dedicated medical streams to a system of integrative medicine. This retrograde step of unscientific mixing of systems of medicine will produce hybrid doctors who are nowhere.

Dr RV Asokan, secretary general, IMA added added, "IMA brings to the attention of the people that the life expectancy of an ordinary Indian when the British left was 27 and currently, we are approaching 70. Small pox and polio have been eradicated by vaccination. Vaccine development and its application to the society is a shining example of modern medicine research.”

IMA also added that the health enjoyed by the ordinary citizens of the country is due to the current system of dedicated medical streams and there is no reason whatsoever to shift to an integrative system of medicine of khichdi medical system and hybrid doctors.

“IMA is concerned about the developments and has taken upon itself the campaign to sensitize the people on the dangers of shifting to integrative system of medicine," added Dr Sharma.


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