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“How is Ayurveda treatment better?”: Karnataka HC asks in plea praying allowance for COVID-19 patients to choose treatment of their choice

Lawstreet Journal 14 Sep 2020 6:38pm

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The Karnataka High Court on Thursday (September 10, 2020) asked the petitioners in the plea as to why they were claiming that Ayurveda treatment was better than allopathy treatment for curing the COVID-19 virus. A Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi orally observed, "How can you say that one type of treatment is better than the other?"

The Bench posed this question while dealing with a plea seeking freedom to COVID-19 patients to choose their preferred mode of treatment. The petitioner clarified that the patient must be given the choice to undergo the treatment of his or her preference. The plea moved by Ayurveda doctors states that the Revised Standard Operating Procedure for CCC issued by the state government on July 20 mandated that every COVID-19 positive person would be admitted to a COVID Care Centre and would be compulsorily administered allopathic medicines exclusively. Further, the Guidelines on Clinical Management of COVID-19 issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on March 17 acknowledges that there is no known allopathic treatment for COVID-19, the plea states. However, the State's guidelines recommended only allopathic medicines for the management of the infection, thereby not allowing patients or health practitioners to use alternative systems of medicine such as Ayurveda, the petitioners state. This apart, the plea avers that the Guidelines for Ayurveda Practitioners for COVID-19 issued by the Ministry of AYUSH limits the use of Ayurvedic treatment as only an “add-on” for treatment of COVID-19.

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