Dr Dhaniram Barua's patients urge govt not to stop treatment

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Guwahati, Mar 24 (UNI) Patients of controversial Dr Dhaniram Barua today appealed to the Assam government not to stop the treatment of those already under Dr Barua's care, adding they had nothing against the government's move to enquire into the vaccine claims made by the doctor.

Addressing a press conference here, four patients of Dr Barua said they were recovering under the controversial surgeon and urged the government not to take steps that would stop their treatment midway.The patients included Sanjib Barua, Biswajit Phukan and Kalyan Bora, all cancer patients, and Mahasweta Duwarah, a three-year-old girl, who was represented by her father Pankaj Duwarah.

Mr Duwarah, whose daughter was diagnosed at the age of one with a rare condition where the patient suffers from inadequate oxygen supply to the brain, said, doctors of other leading hospitals in Guwahati had given Mahasweta less than two-month time.

He, however, claimed that his daughter was improving under Dr Barua's treatment for the past four months.

The other patients also claimed that they were improving under the controversial doctor's treatment and appealed to the government not to stop treatment of the patients already under Dr Barua's medication.

They said they were not against any move by the government to probe whether vaccine claims by Dr Barua were authentic and admission of new patients could also be stopped till the enquiry was completed.The doctor, who had some years ago shocked everyone by claiming to have successfully transplanted a pig's heart into a human being,had drawn stern warning from the state government recently after claiming to have vaccinated some children with a cure-all vaccine.

The state government was contemplating legal action, including arrest, against Dr Barua and had asked him to prove his research through established norms before trying them on human beings.

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