FORMER MINISTER and Congress MLA P C Sharma has shot off a letter to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, asking him if the government has verified the effectiveness of “gau mutra” or cow urine and recommended it for treating Covid-19 – as pushed by BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur.
“Considering that Lok Sabha MP Pragya Singh Thakur is a senior leader, does it mean that Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have given scientific approval for the use of gau mutra for treating Covid,” Sharma wrote in his letter. Along with the letter, Sharma sent two bottles of cow urine.
This comes days after Thakur told a gathering at Sant Nagar that consuming cow urine of a desi (Indian) cow helps fight lung infection. “If we drink gau mutra of a desi cow, it cures us of infections in our lungs. I am in a lot of pain but I drink gau mutra everyday. Because of this, I don’t have to take any medicine for corona and neither am I infected with corona,” she said.
Questioning Thakur’s remarks, Sharma in his letter said it is without doubt that cow is considered holy, cow milk is nutritious and cow dung and cow urine have religious significance. “But has the health department of the Centre as well as Madhya Pradesh declared that Covid as well as black fungus will be treated using gau mutra instead of remdesivir, oxygen, tocilizumab. Does it mean there is no need to get vaccinated now? Has the health department, ICMR and DRDO given this scientific approval?”
When contacted, Sharma told The Indian Express, “Today Covid has spread widely in the rural belt where people consider the cow to be a holy animal and will follow the message given by Thakur. Under these circumstances, Dr Harsh Vardhan should clarify if it has been given scientific approval.”
Congress spokesperson Bhupendra Gupta has demanded that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should take Thakur’s advice seriously and set up a “gau mutra ward”, preferably in Bhopal Medical College considering that Thakur is the MP from Bhopal. “BJP leaders and those from the RSS who are affected with Covid should get treated using gau mutra, and the results of this treatment should be put out for all to see,” said Gupta.