Yoga guru Ramdev
NEW DELHI: Yoga guru Ramdev on Sunday apologised and withdrew his controversial remarks against allopathy medicines after health minister Harsh Vardhan letter, saying the discipline had saved the lives of crores of people.
Vardhan called Ramdev’s statement on allopathic medicines “extremely unfortunate” and said healthcare workers did a tremendous job fighting against Covid-19 day in and day out to save lives. The yoga guru’s statements have hurt the country’s sentiments by disrespecting India’s “Corona warriors”, he said.
In his letter, Vardhan asked Ramdev to withdraw his statement on allopathy. “The statement disrespects the corona warriors and hurt the sentiments of the country. Your statement on allopathy can break the morale of healthcare workers and weaken our fight against Covid-19,” Vardhan said.
Citing a video circulating on social media, the Indian Medical Association on Saturday had said Ramdev has claimed that allopathy is a “stupid science” and medicines such as remdesivir, fabiflu, and other drugs approved by the Drugs Controller General of India have failed to treat Covid-19 patients.
The IMA also quoted Ramdev as saying that “lakhs of patients have died after taking allopathic medicines”. These remarks were denied as “false” by the Haridwar-based Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust.