Nepal on Monday stopped the distribution of Coronil kits, which were gifted by the Patanjali group of yoga guru Ramdev, citing that proper procedures were not followed while procuring the kits of Coronil.
Nepal’s Department of Ayurveda and Alternative Medicines claimed that there is lack of proof that Coronil kits are effective in dealing with Covid19 virus, say media reports.
The Coronil kits were sent to Nepal as gifts.
According to reports, Nepal’s Department of Ayurveda and Alternative Medicines in an order said, the “tablets and nasal oil that are part of the Coronil kit” are not equivalent to the medicines to defeat the Covid19 virus.
However, the health ministry of the country clarified that there is no formal ban on the Ayurvedic product of Patanjali.
A media report quoted a health ministry spokesperson as saying on Tuesday that the Nepal government has not issued any formal ban order against Coronil, the Ayurveda-based product of the Patanjali, in the country.
The health officials also cited the recent observations by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) against Coronil challenging Ramdev to prove the efficacy of the Ayurvedic product.
It is not yet clear if the ban on the distribution of Coronil will be limited to the particular consignment or the sale of the Coronil kits across the country.
Nepal has emerged as the second country after Bhutan which has stopped the distribution of Coronil kits.
Recently, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Bhutan stopped the distribution of Coronil in the country.
Nepal remains close to the Patanjali group as the organisation maintains a large production facility and distribution networks in the country.
Patanjali group set up a production facility near Birgunj in partnership with Upendra Mahatoin 2016.
The production facility was inaugurated by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
Patanjali group is known to have good relations with Nepal leaders like Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and others.