The National Medical Commission (NMC) has modified its logo by dropping the national emblem and including the photo of Dhanvantri, an avatar of Lord Vishnu known as the god of Ayurveda. The NMC clarified that the Dhanvantri logo was already in use but was not visible in printouts. The NMC logo now features a colour photo in the centre. The change in logo has been criticized by the Indian Medical Association's Kerala chapter, stating that it gives a wrong message and harms the scientific and secular nature of the commission.
New Delhi: The National Medical Commission (NMC) has modified its logo, dropping the national emblem and including the photo of Dhanvantri - an avatar of Lord Vishnu who is referred to as the god of Ayurveda in the Puranas. The NMC said the Dhanvantri logo was in use for almost a year. "Earlier, it was in black and white and, therefore, not visible in printouts.
We have simply used a colour photo in the centre of the logo," an official said.
Another official, who did not want to be identified, said even the WHO's emblem consisted of the United Nations' symbol overlain by a staff with a snake coiling around it. The staff and snake has long been a symbol of medicine and the medical profession. WHO says it originates from the story of Asclepius, who was revered by the ancient Greeks as a god of healing and whose cult involved the use of snakes.
The NMC logo has no mention of 'India' but has used the term 'Bharat'. Notably, there was no official announcement on the logo change.
The change in logo was criticised by the Indian Medical Association's Kerala chapter. "The recent change in the NMC logo is not acceptable to the modern medical fraternity. The new logo gives a wrong message and will harm the scientific and secular nature of the commission, " it said in a statement, adding that the move should be rescinded.
Dr Sharad Kumar Aggarwal, national president of IMA, said they would discuss the matter in a meeting scheduled on Sunday and then issue a statement.
Last week, the health ministry had issued directives that Ayushman Bharat-Health and Wellness Centres will now be known as Ayushman Arogya Mandir. The ministry said it had sent a letter to states and Union Territories to implement the rebranding exercise.
States have also been asked to upload photographs of rebranded primary health facilities on the Ayushman Bharat-Health and Wellness Centres (AB- HWC) portal. The rebranded AB-HWCs will also have a new tagline - 'Arogyam Parmam Dhanam', the ministry said.
SOURCE & CREDIT: TIMES OF INDIA