Notice To Ex-VIMSAR Chief Ashwini Pujahari Over Salt Therapy

Sambalpur: Odisha Council of Medical Registration today issued a notice to the former director of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) Ashwini Pujahari asking him to personally depose before its ethics committee in connection with his alleged salt therapy treatment.

The subject of the notice served to Pujahari said that the former director of VIMSAR has to appear for a free and fair inquiry over allegations of illegal Human extermination and Human Right violation of patients by him.

The council has directed the former director of VIMSAR to personally appear before the Ethics Committee at 4 PM on September 6, 2019 without failing. The notice also further said that action will be initiated against him if he fails to depose on the mentioned date.

It may be noted that a video purportedly showing Pujahari using edible salt during surgery on a cancer-stricken patient went viral in December, 2018. The salt therapy incident created a huge public outcry in the State with people from all sections of society including intellectuals and social activists condemning the incident.

Later, as the controversy intensified, Pujahari was sent on leave by the State government before he resigned from his post on February 9, 2019.

Not only salt therapy, another video of Pujahari violently patting on back of a patient, similar to that of playing a tabla, had also gone viral on social media.