‘Retrograde Step’: IMA Condemns Move Allowing Ayurveda Students to Train in Surgery


    ‘Retrograde Step’: IMA Condemns Move Permitting Ayurveda Trainees to Train in Surgery

    The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has condemned the move by the Central Council of Indian Medication authorising post-graduate professionals in defined streams of Ayurveda be trained to carry out surgeries and explained it as a “retrograde action of mixing the systems”. Demanding that the order be withdrawn, the IMA urged the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), a statutory body under the AYUSH Ministry, to establish their own surgical disciplines from their own ancient texts and not claim the surgical disciplines of contemporary medication as their own.

    The notification by the CCIM noted39 basic surgical treatment treatments and around 19 treatments including the eye, ear, nose and throat by modifying the Indian Medicine Central Council (Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Regulations,2016 In a declaration, the IMA stated, “Such a deviant practice is unbecoming of a statutory body. The IMA will have no objections for the council to establish their own devoted disciplines without blending contemporary medicine surgical disciplines.” It also demanded that the government needs to refrain from publishing any medical professional of contemporary medication in the colleges of Indian medication.

    ” The IMA sees this development as a retrograde step of mixing the systems which will be resisted at all costs. All over India trainees and practitioners of modern medicine are upset over this offense of mutual identity and respect. “What is the sanctity of NEET if such lateral shortcuts are designed? IMA demands to withdraw the order and very first define the Indian Medication disciplines based upon original Indian Medication texts,” the doctors’ body said. On The Other Hand, AYUSH Ministry Secretary Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha stated the notification by the CCIM does not total up to any policy deviation or any new choice.

    ” This notice is more of the nature of an explanation. It simplifies the current guideline relating to publish graduate education in Ayurveda with respect to the defined procedures. “Even more, the alert does not open up the whole field of surgical treatment to Ayurveda practitioners and specifies a set of surgeries. It describes that not all post-graduates of Ayurveda can perform these procedures. Just those specialised in Shalya and Shalakya are permitted to perform these surgical treatments,” Kotecha said.

    Chairman of the Board of Governors, CCIM, Vaidya Jayant Devpujari clarified that these surgical treatments are being carried out in Ayurveda institutes for over 20 years and the notice legalises them. “The purpose of bringing out the notice is also to set borders by specifying the list of treatments so that professionals restrict themselves to the set of surgical treatments as mentioned in the policy,” Devpujari stated. According to the November 20 gazette notice the procedures noted consist of elimination of metallic and non-metallic foreign bodies from non-vital organs, excision of simple cyst or benign tumours (lipoma, fibroma, schwanoma etc) of non-vital organs, amputation of gangrene, terrible wound management, foreign body removal from stomach, squint surgery, cataract surgical treatment and practical endoscopic sinus surgical treatment.


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