“A face-to-face interaction with Dr. Sinchan Das on the Current instruction passed by CCIM for BAMS doctors”
Right now, we all stand in such a position that medical aid has become a material of luxury rather than necessity. Being in such a situation where the world is almost submerged into the dark holes of diseases. Despite of which the entire society of so-called modern medical fertility is busy calming medical aids as their birth right property rather than holistically treating people. Highlighting on the current instruction given by Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) to allow BAMS (Bachelors in Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery) doctors to do Masters in Surgery (MS) has stirred up an un-motive conflict among the medical professionals. On mission to unravel the reality behind this un-motive conflict, we had a short interview with Dr. Sinchan Das who is also the secretary for Humanity Institute For Advanced Medical and Cultural Research (HIAMCR) and a social health activist.
Q1. According to you, which one is more effective in terms of quality treatment for the patients, Modern medical system or Traditional medical system?
In response to this question, Dr. Das replied that every medical system has its own scopes and limitations. In addition, with the progressing stages of diseases different medicine system would be required.
Q2. Therefore, in terms of development which field of medical system do you feel has progressed to its grater extend?
With a smile on his face, Dr. Das asked me instead “As per your concern what is development?” that is because if you consider or name this technological advancement or implementation as the development in the medical system than consider it on your own if it is the development of medical science or the development of technologies. He further adds that there has been no development in the medical system rather the development has taken place for the customization of the health sectors. Neither so, the development in the medical system in terms of current health scenario, health sectors or health status of the people, he directly denies with the fact that medical system has progressed to its grater extend nor does he think that there would be any development in the future as well.
Q3. What is the major difference in today’s modern medical era and traditional medical era?
In case of traditional era, people were more conscious regarding the maintenance of their health, lifestyle and atmosphere, which gave very less room for manipulation or alternations. Further, he adds that at that time people would work in collaboration for resolving any issues or the deteriorating factors, which has direct or indirect affect on their health lifestyle, and atmosphere. On contrary to this, Dr. Das conveyed that as of current medical era people are busy searching for shortcuts and are focused in giving management to those issues rather them uprooting it completely. People now a day have completely blindfolded themselves where they are aware of what is wrong and right but despite of it they would rather accept wrong as right and try their every possible ways to prove manipulate it as a reality.
Q4. So, according to you what is the concept of health?
“ Quality of life was defined by WHO as the condition of life resulting from the combination of the effects of the complete range of factors such as determining health, happiness that is including comfort in the physical environment and satisfying occupations, education, social and intellectual attainments, freedom of action and justice and freedom of expression.”
According to Park’s Textbook of Preventive and Social Medicine, the socio economic statues, which is the per capita Gross National product (GNP) is one of the most widely accepted measure of general economic performance. There can be no doubt that in many developing countries it is the economic progress, which as a major factor in reducing the morbidity, increasing life expectancy and improving the quality of life. In today’s current scenario people survive upto 60-70 years with the dependency of medicine or medical support, however in case of traditional era people survived upto 40-50 years without the support of medicine or medical support. Highlighting on these particular factors Dr. Sinchan Das asked me instead; so, you tell me which era offered better quality of life.
Q5. When sole purpose of all the medical system is to deliver quality healthcare service then what is the need of different classification within medical system?
There is absolutely no necessity for classification and as I told before all this changes or advancement is just for the customization of the modern medical system. Further, he adds that classification is necessary in case of surgery. This is because the detailing and precession is very important in surgery where each organ is different in the structure. There no similarity in the structure of the organ except few but as a whole all organs are different in terms of its position and its microanatomy. For this reason, there in an utmost need of different individuals as it is just next to impossible for a single person to bring so much of detailing and precession within their work. With a very strong notion, Dr. Das conveyed that there is no need for the sub-division in case of medicine. He further adds that all the patients must be treated in a holistic manner in-spite of any mode of medical treatment.
Q. Highlight us on the current instruction that was given by CCIM for allowing BAMS doctors to perform MS. What is your opinion on this instruction?
Dr. Sinchan Das strongly states that the current instruction given by CCIM has given the right to the BAMS doctors to do Masters in Surgery (MS). However, it does not let them practice Surgery without doing MS. CCIM has not given the lenience to the BAMS doctors to practice surgery rather they have just trying to conduct a course named as MS. Stressing on his notion, Dr. Das further adds that Masters in Surgery is a specified course that is running under the Medical Council of India It is designed for the maintaining clear cut educational system in the field of surgery that does not mean that surgery is the property of the modern medicine. Dr. Das also agrees with the fact that Ayurveda doctors are not provided with proper infrastructure but that is not the fault of their pathy (their system of medicine) but it is the fault of our administrative system. In Ayurveda, there are the lots of procedure specified in their books but without having any logic, the modern medicine or the large headed modern medicine controllers are declaring it unscientific. Dr. Das further adds to this statement, the very full form of BAMS is “Bachelors in Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery” which clearly indicates that surgery is also the part of their practice, so is not at all in any way a mixopathy.
Q7. Several doctors are against the practice of mixopathy. Do you think Ayurveda, homeopathy practices mixopathy?
Ayurveda and Homeopathy, these systems are absolutely distinct and guided by their own philosophy. Therefore, they must be liable to practice their own system of medicine by prescribing their own pharmacological elements. It is immaterial to mix up these systems with the modern medicine, just to meet the profitable business standards; it is not only faulty but unethical as well. Ayurveda and Homeopathy, this systems are not connect with the modern medicine by any means so legally or illegally prescribing modern medicine by the practitioner of this systems or prescribing this system by the practitioner of modern system, both are absolutely wrong. At last I want to conclude that the way in which the doctors are behaving with each other irrespective of their system of, medicine are just against the criteria designed in doctor-doctor relationship, which is clearly professional misconduct.