NIDA backs IMA’s December 11 protest

DIMAPUR, DEC 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/8/2020 12:55:42 PM IST

In response to the nation-wide protest of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) against the Central government’s decision to allow practice of modern surgical procedures by Ayurveda doctors, the Nagaland In Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) has decided to withdraw non-COVID and other non-essential medical services across the State on December 11 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In a statement, NIDA president Dr. E. Phyantsuthung and joint secretary Dr. Thomas Keppen, however, said that Covid related medical services and other emergency services will be functional.
It may be recalled that the Central Council of Indian Medicine– the regulatory body for the study and practice of Ayurveda in India – amended the Indian Medicine Central Council (Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Regulations, 2016, to include the regulation to permit post-graduate students of Ayurveda to receive training and practice of “shalya” and “shalakya”. While shalya refers to general surgery, shalakya is related to diseases of the ear, nose, throat, head, eye, and oro-dentistry.
“It is nothing but a blatant attempt at mixopathy and Khichdification of medical education and practice,” the Indian Medical Association said last week.


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