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The Kerala High Court recently disposed of a petition seeking that a Union AYUSH Ministry Advisory on Homeopathic Treatment be implemented in Kerala.
The Kerala High Court recently disposed of a petition seeking that a Union AYUSH Ministry's Advisory on Homeopathic Treatment be implemented in Kerala, by directed that homoeopathic treatment can be given for immunity-boosting purposes but not as COVID-19 cures (Adv MS Vineeth v. State of Kerala).
The AYUSH Notification highlighted by the petitioner describes the mode of managing COVID-19-like outbreaks and prescribes mixtures and tablets to build immunity.
The petitioner, Advocate MS Vineeth, had argued that the Homoeopathic system, which had proven in the past its huge potential, cost, effectiveness and convenience when compared to other systems of medicine in controlling all sorts of epidemics, is still kept away.
It was contended that the Centre’s advisory on alternative medical treatment, particularly Homoeopathy treatment was not implemented in Kerala.
The State, however, submitted that it had approved the distribution of Homoeopathic medicines as prophylactics and follows the AYUSH Ministry’s advisory. The State clarified that the target population was not intended to include COVID-19 patients and persons in quarantine.
As per the State’s Medical Protocol, only the Government and Government authorised doctors could treat patients infected with COVID-19, since public health, sanitation, hospitals, and dispensaries are entries in the State List of the Constitution.
A Bench of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly reasoned that since the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India approved the prescription of certain tablets and mixtures as immunity boosters, AYUSH medical practitioners could also prescribe the same as such.
The Judges clarified that its ruling does not permit AYUSH practitioners to prescribe the medicines as cures for COVID-19. Any violation would be penalised, the Court added, directing Medical/Police Departments to monitor the action of AYUSH medical practitioners.
With this, the petition was disposed of.
Read the Order here: