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IMA demands action against Ramdev

Topics Covered: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions.

IMA demands action against Ramdev:


Context:

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his help to stop the misinformation campaign on COVID-19 vaccination and demanding action against Baba Ramdev for his alleged remarks on allopathy and allopathic doctors.

What’s the issue?

In a recent video Baba Ramdev claimed that 10,000 doctors and several people have died despite taking both doses of vaccine. This is being seen as a deliberate move to stall the efforts of vaccination to reach our masses.

Need of the hour:

We must acknowledge and compliment all systems of medicine, especially our Indian system of Ayurvedic Medicine, as each system is helping our people differently. However, no one should be allowed to propagate fear of vaccination.

What is vaccination?

Vaccination is a method to teach the immune system to trigger the antibodies and specialised immune-system cells in case of a future infection by an actual virus.

 

Insta Curious:

  • Not related to Maharshi Ramdev(but related to viruses though) – have you heard about an interesting phenomenon known as Antibody dependent enhancement (ADE)? Read here.
  • Can you think of 4 ethical issues involved in Maharshi Ramdev’s allergy towards allopathy? Please write them down in comments section.

Sources: the Hindu.