Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s claim that Coronil is effective in boosting immunity and controlling COVID-19 faced a strong objection from the Indian Medical Association (IMA).
Baba Ramdev, co-founder of Patanjali, released a scientific research paper in the presence of union ministers Harshvardhan and Nitin Gadkari at an event that was organised by Patanjali. The paper stated that Patanjali manufactured Coronil is the “first evidence-based Ayurvedic medicine” against coronavirus. It also stated that Coronil has received the Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product from the Ayush section of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation as per WHO scheme.
Later the WHO’s regional office for South-East Asia clarified in a tweet that it has not certified any traditional medicine to treat or prevent COVID-19. The IMA expressed its shock on the blatant lie of the WHO certification and on the claim that the single drug is effective for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of the disease. It also questioned, if Coronil is that effective then why would the government bother to spend Rs. 35,000 Crore for vaccination?
IMA also expressed grief on this extreme deception of the people of the country and sought for an explanation from the Union Health Minister Harshvardhan. It said that it will as well write to the National Medical Commission to seek Suo moto explanation for this thumping disrespect to the code of conduct of the Medical Council of India.