'More grants for AYUSH'

Speaking at the national seminar on Homoeopathy on ‘Clinical Excellence of Homeopathy in Public Health’ organised by Dr M L Dhawale Memorial Homoeopathic Institute here on Sunday, Gandhiselvan said that the policy makers have given feedback to the drafts being prepared for the health sector of 12th Plan document where they have pleaded for a greater presence for the indigenous healthcare systems.

Rural service

“In order to mainstream homoeopathy into the national healthcare stream, there have been suggestions for students, mainly the undergraduates who are doing their Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS), to work in rural areas for three months in their internship period,” he said.

Gandhiselvan said the student’s services in the rural areas will be utilised for the implementation of the national health programs under the umbrella of NRHM (National Rural Health Mission). 

There will also be an incentive Rs 6000 given per month for each of the homeopathic internee, irrespective of whether they are from the government run college or a private.

Popular stream

The Minister said India has the largest infrastructure and human resources for homoeopathy in the entire world and is hugely popular among both urban and rural community.

Homoeopathy is a boon for the health care of developing countries like India, as it not only provides a permanent relief, but also provides it at an economical edge.
Justice Mohan Shantanagouder said that homoeopathy is eminently suited for the socio-economic conditions of India. Government should promote this form of medicine in all its policies and programs.

Dr K S Sriprakash, vice chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science (RGUHS) remarked on the need to orient all doctors in ‘public health’ issues so that they can become nodal centres for the community.

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