Thousands of doctors of alternative medicine (homoeopathy, Ayurveda, Unani) today launched their three-day strike here against FDA's decision of banning them from practising allopathy.
These doctors also took out a protest march against the move, in which, a large number of women doctors also participated. They demanded uniformity in central and state government laws on registering medical practitioners.
Against the backdrop of the rising incidents of female foeticide, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) last week directed chemists not to provide allopathic medicines on prescription of Ayurveda, homoepathy, Unani doctors.
Dr Nachiket Varpe, president of Shirdi Medical Association said, "We are against the FDA circular, which bans doctors of alternative medicine from prescribing allopathy medicines. We have decided to keep our services off for three days."
Dr Ramdas Avhad, a medical practitioner in Ayurveda since past 20 years said, "While as per the World Health Organisation (WHO) the doctor-patient ratio should be 1:400, presently it is 1:1700. If this ban continues, health services in rural areas will be affected."
Meanwhile, in Thane district as well, the strike was launched and a similar protest was carried out.
"FDA's decision has brought everything to a grinding halt. It has adversely affected a number of patients from rural parts and remote villages," president of Thane District Medical Practitioners Association, Dr M P Shah said.
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