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‘No role in his allopathic treatment’, says Patanjali after top company official dies of Covid-19
His demise came at a time when Baba Ramdev has courted a controversy by commenting about allopathic medicines
Amid a controversy sparked by Baba Ramdev over the use of allopathic medicines for the treatment of Covid-19, the head of the dairy business of the yoga guru’s Patanjali Ayurved died after getting infected by the deadly virus.
“Sunil Bansal died of Covid-19,” the company said in an official statement yesterday, adding that they had “no role in his allopathic treatment”.
The 57-year-old was the Vice President of the Dairy Division of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd. He died on May 19.
Bansal, a specialist in dairy science, joined Patanjali’s dairy venture in January 2018 when the company decided to sell packaged cow milk and other dairy-based products such as curd, buttermilk and cheese.
“He died of COVID-19 on May 19 in Rajasthan Hospital, Jaipur where his wife is a very senior health official of Government of Rajasthan,” the firm, based in Haridwar, said in a statement.
His demise came at a time when Baba Ramdev has courted a controversy by commenting about allopathic medicines and their usage to treat Covid-19.
“Patanjali didn’t have any role in his allopathic treatment which was largely coordinated by his wife. However we were concerned and used to ask for his well-being from his wife,” the company said, news agency PTI reported.
Ramdev was on Sunday forced to withdraw a statement released in a viral video that “lakhs have died from taking allopathic medicines for Covid-19”.
He also purportedly questioned some of the medicines that are being used to treat the illness.
Ramdev’s statement sparked protests from doctors’ associations, following which Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had to ask him to withdraw the “extremely unfortunate” statement.
“It is very unfortunate to have lost a young energetic colleague who was taskmaster,” Patanjali further said in the statement on Bansal’s death.