Bangalore: Doctors belonging to the Karnataka chapter of Ayush Federation of India (AFI) continued their agitationt for the third day today, demanding they be allowed to use necessary allopathic drugs during emergencies, police said.
Over 5,000 Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Sidda and Homeopathy) doctors from all over the state staged a protest at the freedom park here today, calling for an amendment to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act (1940) Clause 2 (e), which will allow them to administer alloapthic drugs during emergencies, police sources said.
Speaking to a news agency, the President state AFI, Dr N A Magdum said "Over 80 per cent of our doctors practice in rural areas and under the present provisions of the Act, we are not allowed to administer necessary allopathic drugs during emergencies when we have to bring the disease under control".
"As per the Supreme Court direction, health is a state subject and it the state government which has to repond to our justified demand", he said.
Magdum said though Health Minister Arvind Limbavali had met them yesterday, no assurance was given that the government to accede to their demand.
"Therefore, we have decided to continue our protest till the state government responds positively", he said.