NIS wants TN govt to hand over city COVID-19 Care Centres claims it can cure positive cases in three days

    Chennai, June 15 (PTI) The National Institute of
Siddha (NIS), which claims to have successfully treated 160
COVID-19 positive cases in the metro in a short span, has
requested the state government to hand over all COVID-19 Care
Centres in the city to it to facilitate Siddha doctors to
commence treatment.
    Coming under the Union Ayush Ministry, NIS, which
claims to have cured the 160 people within five days, is
confident of flattening the curve in Chennai and convert it
into a safe zone in just matter of days.
    NIS has requested the state government to hand over
all the COVID-19 Care Centres in the city to the institute at
the earliest so as to facilitate the Siddha doctors to
commence treatment, a top official said.
    The institute, through its pilot study on the use of
the traditional system of medicine, has come out with three
potent combinations of Siddha drugs and is ready to use the
combo to prevent the spread of the virus as well as treat the
    "Depending upon the availability and quantity required
for treating Coronavirus positive patients, we have after
thorough research, come out with three different effective
combinations of the Siddha preparations," Dr R Meenakumari,
Director, NIS, told PTI.
    Moreover, the treatment cost is negligible compared to
the prohibitive cost in corporate hospitals and all the Siddha
medicines are locally available, she added.
    "We have requested the state government to hand over
all the COVID-19 Care Centres (at RGGGH, Stanley GH, KMC,
Omandurar GH besides those in the Chennai Corporation limits)
to us and allow us to treat all the patients. Our Siddha drug
combination is potent enough to convert a positive patient
into Coronavirus negative in three days' time," she claimed.
    Her confidence stems from the fact that the Siddha
doctors here have "successfully" treated 160 patients besides
23 inmates of the Puzhal Central Prison.
    "Initially, we treated 85 patients with SRM Medical
College and Hospital and another 75 at the Greater Chennai
Corporation run CCC at Saligramam. They all recovered and
tested negative after five days of successful treatment," she
    "The combination that we have prepared will help to
cure the infected patient within three days," Dr. Meenakumari
who is a member of the national task force on framing
guidelines for treatment protocols, said.
    "Siddha medicine has huge potential to treat the
patients and there are possibilities to use the medicine to
save precious human lives," she said.
    The NIS, which is all set to commence clinical trials
in three days, also claims that Siddha drugs could treat
persons with acute respiratory distress one of the symptoms
of Coronavirus.
    Meanwhile, the Central Council for Research in Siddha
has sent a proposal to the state government to include the
traditional medicine in the treatment protocols at the state-
run CCCs.
    "We have also urged the state government to include
the Brahmananda Bhairava Mathirai a herbo-mineral
preparation, which has already been approved by the Ayush
ministry to treat persons with COVID-19 related fever, at all
the COVID-19 wards," a senior doctor at the CCRS said.
    The proposal also includes providing kabasura kudineer
(a herbal concoction) among others. PTI CORR SA BN

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