New Delhi: Hundred of people queued outside the Krishnapatnam village in Nellore district Andhra Pradesh in hopes of an Ayurvedic cure for COVID-19. In the video people can be seen flouting social distancing norms in hopes for a miracle cure.
The medicines is being distributed by an Ayurvedic practitioner and despite no scientific studies to back up the claims, people including the local area legislators are getting ready for the mass distribution of the medicines
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A team of Ayush doctors also reached the village two days back amid complaints of the medicines and took back samples to conduct tests.
The Lokayukta had stopped the distribution of the medicines and asked the collector of the area to probe the efficacy of the medicine.
After this, the collector KVN Chakradhar Babu had submitted a report to the Lokayyukta on May 17 which said that there maybe no harm in using the medicines since it is made from herbal products.
Rajiv Krishna, advisor to the Andhra Pradesh government told India Ahead, “As a state government we are neither endorsing nor encouraging people to take this medicine, it is the practitioner that claims that these medicines are Ayurvedic”.
He added, “There is a medical board in India that approves such medicines and they have not approved it and we also their is no trial data to suggest that it works very well”.
He also said that it did not have any side effects but said that people going to take it should follow proper social distancing norms.
Meanwhile, Dr Vijay Bhaskar, Chairman Ethics Committee (clinical trails and research) said, “I personally had a debated with the practitioner who is not a doctor at all. He said that he had a dream in which his guruji in which he said to make a mixture of herbs and plants and put it in the eye which will make the COVID go away”.
“This is totally absurd as a person who is not even a doctor is being entertained”.
Bhaskar adds that these medicines will increase the chance of infection and the huge crowds gathering at the place will only increase the chance of COVID-19 transmission.