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Itanagar: Doctors in Arunachal Pradesh on December 11 sported black badges and observed a token strike to support IMA against the notification by the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) to allow post-graduate Ayurveda students to study and practice allopathic surgical procedures.
However, the doctors attended their usual duties and Outpatient Department (OPD) and other medical services functioned normally, president of Arunachal Pradesh unit of Indian Medical Association (IMA-AP) Lobsang Tsetim said.
“The IMA-AP did not go for the bandh call but wore black badges in solidarity with the central IMA. The decision was taken as Arunachal Pradesh has a few doctors and a total bandh call could affect the healthcare delivery system, “ he said.
Opposing the government notification, the Arunachal Pradesh unit of IMA said that the mixing of streams of medicines in surgery is not only hazardous to the health of the general people but may also be fatal.
The IMA-Arunachal Pradesh unit has also requested the state government to oppose and not implement the CCIM notification in the state and will seek its withdrawal.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)