Newmai News

IMPHAL, Feb 3: Doctors in Manipur today staged a daylong hunger strike here in solidarity with the nationwide relay hunger strike by Indian Medical Association (IMA) to protest against the Centre’s decision to allow postgraduate practitioners of Ayurveda to be trained in performing surgical procedures.

Doctors across the country under the aegis of IMA are on a relay hunger strike since February 1 in protest against a notification issued by the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), which authorised post-graduate practitioners in specified streams of Ayurveda to perform general surgical procedures. According to IMA, it would lead to “mixopathy” and called its members across the country to launch the ‘save healthcare India movement’.

“This is a clear threat to the safety of the people,” IMA Manipur branch president Dr L Shyamkumar said. He said that Allopathy, Homeopathy and Ayush are separate medical streams and the three streams cannot go together.

“Amalgamating these three different medical streams will lead to a big chaos,” he added.