NIDA against mixing of separate entities

Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/9/2020 11:53:38 AM IST

Even as it prepares to stage protest on December 11 against Centre’s decision to allow practice of modern surgical procedures by Ayurveda doctors, the Nagaland In Service Doctors’ Association (NIDA) has said that it was not against Ayurveda health care delivery system, but against the mixing of two separate entities.

Speaking to Nagaland Post at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) here Wednesday, NIDA president Dr. E Phyantsuthung said mixing of two different systems of medicine will lead to fall in the standard of health care in the country. He cautioned that the move could have adverse impact on common man who was already facing a lot of problems in accessing quality health care.

In support of Indian Medical Association (IMA)’s protest call, Dr.Phyantsuthung said NIDA would suspend all non-COVID related activities on December 11 from 6am to 6pm and would also shut all OPDs except emergency OPDs and surgical cases. He added that COVID related activities would continue right from sample testing to treating COVID admitted patients.

Dr. Phyantsuthung said NIDA had no issues with government trying to push Indian system of medicine in large way, but maintained that it should not cross one’s own boundaries. He said that the proposed protest was in support of IMA and said it will follow the directives of IMA for next course of action. 

IDANSB to join protest: Indian Dental Association Nagaland State Branch (IDANSB) has appealed to all the dental professionals both in government service and private to show solidarity and join the protest by withdrawing all non essential non-COVID services on December 11, from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m.

IDANSB president Dr. Kaketo Yepthomi and honorary secretary Dr. Vichovol Temi said that the proposed protest was against the centre’s decision to allow Ayurveda practitioners to perform various surgical procedures involving the eye, ear, nose, throat and dental procedures like extractions, filling and root canal treatment. IDANSB said the government must understand and consider the sensitivity of the modern medicine and dental profession and take appropriate steps. 

Integration of all systems of medicine, IDANSB said would only lead to “mixopathy”, confusion and complications. It said that IDA plans to continue and intensify agitation until the steps towards implementing the mixopathy was abandoned.


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