New Delhi: The AYUSH Ministry has decided to invite scientific proposals on therapies and procedures that could restrain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic using the Indian system of medicines.
The ministry Tuesday said it has initiated action on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advice to work for scientific evidence-based solutions and decided to set up a channel to enlist various suggestions and proposals from AYUSH practitioners and institutions, and examine their viability through a group of scientists.
Further, in follow-up to the call given by PM to help stop big claims without evidence about treatment of COVID-19, the Ministry of AYUSH has initiated steps to curb such claims through creation of awareness, it said in a statement.
The ministry is using platforms like video-conferencing and social media to reach out to AYUSH practitioners and involve them in stopping and discouraging false and unsupported claims.
In a video conference held March 30, nearly 100 leaders from different disciplines of AYUSH participated, and among other things, also resolved to work for spreading awareness against such inappropriate claims.
One of the follow-up action being initiated by the AYUSH Ministry on the PM’s call to work for scientific evidence-based solutions from the AYUSH systems is to set up an online channel on its website for receiving suggestions based on scientific explanations and proposals on therapies and procedures prepared based on standard scientific guidelines that could restrain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, or to manage the disease, the ministry said in its statement.
The ministry has accordingly invited inputs from AYUSH practitioners and AYUSH institutions (institutions may include colleges/ universities, hospitals, research institutes, AYUSH manufacturers, AYUSH associations etc.). The inputs can be submitted on the ministry’s website at the following link: http://ayush.gov.in/covid-19.
The inputs received will be scrutinised by the committee of experts. Those proposals recommended by the scrutiny committee will be further vetted by a group of scientists from diverse specialties. “Wherever possible, those proposals may be taken up for validation studies,” the ministry said.