Supreme Court dismisses plea seeking exploration of Unani, Homeopathy medicines for COVID 19 treatment
New Delhi: With no known cure for coronavirus available yet, the Supreme Court has dismissed the petition seeking exploration of the alternate system of medicine- Unani and Homeopathy to treat pandemic COVID-19.
The PIL was filed by a Homeopath, who sought the apex court to intervene in the matter and issue directions to the authorities to explore possibilities of alternate Unani and Homeopathic medicines as a treatment for coronavirus infected patients than relying solely upon allopathy. The hearing was held on video conference.
The petitioner submitted before the court that since there were no medicines or treatment available for novel Coronavirus, alternate Unani and Homeopathic medicines may be explored.
Finding no merit in the PIL, the bench headed by Honourable Justice N V Ramana and comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and B R Gavai refused to entertain the plea and stated, as quoted by PTI,
"Corona is a new virus. We cant experiment around. Let experts come up with a vaccine. Wait."
Attached is the apex court's order below:
Meanwhile, a similar petition seeking permission to practice homeopathy for COVID 19 treatment, as per the advisory issued by the Union Ministry of AYUSH is pending before the Kerala High Court.
The petition sought a direction to the state government to implement the AYUSH notification and to permit homoeopaths to practise while following the advisory.
The counsel of the Kerala government, on the other hand, sought some time to obtain instructions from the state on whether there is any prohibition on the treatment of COVID-19 patients by homoeopathy practitioners.
Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that in the wake of the rising number of cases on coronavirus AYUSH Ministry had come out with certain advisories. The included advisories on use of Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Unani systems for prophylactic measures in the light of the disease