In viral videos on social media, yoga guru Baba Ramdev can be seen mocking doctors and modern medicine, using different false death figures like 1,000 and 10,000.
New Delhi: In a video that has gone viral, yoga guru Baba Ramdev has claimed that over 10,000 doctors in India have died even after getting both doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
The video surfaced Monday, a day after Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan wrote a strongly-worded letter to Ramdev, asking him to withdraw his “unfortunate” statements on allopathic medicine. Ramdev then withdrew his statement and responded to the letter stating he wanted to put the matter to rest.
Since then, several clips of Ramdev’s addresses, in which he is seen mocking modern medicine, have gone viral on Twitter. Their dates of airing cannot be ascertained, though most of them were broadcast on Aastha channel, where Ramdev’s yoga demonstrations with members of the public are a daily fixture.
In the aforementioned video, the yoga guru is seen advising a member of the audience on the merits of yoga exercises in strengthening lungs against the virus.
“More than 10,000 doctors have died despite getting two doses of coronavirus vaccine,” he claims.
In another viral video, Ramdev can again be heard mocking doctors and ridiculing the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines. He also claims to be a doctor with “divinity” and “dignity”.
“A thousand doctors have died even after getting the double dose of vaccines. What kind of doctors are they if they could not save themselves?” he says, as his audience laughs.
“If you want to become a doctor, then be like Swami Ramdev, who doesn’t hold any degree but is everyone’s doctor. Without any degree, with divinity and dignity, I am a doctor,” he said.
Last week, the Indian Medical Association had said that over 244 doctors across the country died due to the second wave of Covid-19, but that only seven of these doctors had been fully vaccinated against the virus.
Previous remarks against allopathy
This isn’t the first time Ramdev has made controversial remarks against modern medicine. He had claimed that allopathy is a “stupid science” and drugs such as remdesivir, which have been approved by the Drugs Controller General of India, had failed to treat Covid patients.
Apart from controversial statements promoting misinformation, the yoga guru also falsely promoted his firm Patanjali Ayurved’s Coronil as having been approved by the World Health Organization.
(Edited by Shreyas Sharma)
Source: Ramdev again: Claims 10k doctors died despite vaccine, says he’s doctor of ‘divinity & dignity’ (theprint.in)