India's medical systems clash over who can operate

Doctors alarmed by govt allowing Ayurvedic practitioners to be trained to perform surgery

A Covid-19 patient being treated at Max Hospital in New Delhi. Public health experts in India are concerned about differing messages from practitioners of modern and Ayurvedic medicine amid the pandemic.
A Covid-19 patient being treated at Max Hospital in New Delhi. Public health experts in India are concerned about differing messages from practitioners of modern and Ayurvedic medicine amid the pandemic.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The Indian government on Nov 19 authorised practitioners of Ayurveda, an ancient Indian medical system, to be trained to perform some surgical procedures.

The move has alarmed doctors practising modern medicine and many among the public.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 27, 2020, with the headline 'India's medical systems clash over who can operate'. Print Edition | Subscribe