Panaji, Dec 15 (UNI) Homoeopaths have pleaded with the Centre for including all qualified practitioners of alternative systems of medicine in the National Health Programme for its effective implementation with immediate effect.
''Inclusion of all the seven lakh graduates of alternative medicine under AYUSH (Ayurveda, Unani, Sidha and Homoeopathy) -- including 1.5 lakh Homoeopaths -- in the National Health Programme (NHP) would go a long way in the health care system of the country,'' Dr Arvind Kothe, Principal, Shri Kamaxidevi Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Goa said yesterday.
The college, under the auspices of the Research Society of Homoeopathy, India, is hosting the two-day 16th National Homoeopathic Conference in this capital city from February 9 on the Role of Homoeopathy in National Health Programme to drive home its point, he told newspersons here.
Also organising secretary of the Conference, Dr Kothe said 500 delegates including experts from India and 40 from Switzerland, Bulgaria, Thailand, Malaysia and Nepal will participate in the event.
Experts from Mumbai Dr Kishan Mehta and Dr Dhaval Mody also stressed on the role of Homoeopathy in national health mission and pleaded for provision of opportunities for the doctors in the task.
Indian representatives will comprise patrons of institutes of higher learning in Homoeopathy, Universities, Central Council of Homoeopathy, various research bodies like the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, besides scholars from across the country.
''The objective of the conference is to ascertain the role of Homoeopathy in the NHP and enhance the scope of homoeopathic practice at primary and secondary level of health care delivery system,'' Dr Kothe said.
The proceedings of the conference would be forwarded to the Union Health Ministry making out a case for including Homoeopathics in the NHP as the qualified doctors would do better than the 8th class students who would be recruited as ASHA workers from villages under the Programme, Dr Kothe said.
The topics of discussion in the conference will be role of Homoeopathy in National Rural Health Mission, dealing with lifestyle diseases such hypertension, diabetes and heart ailments, vector - borne diseases like Malaria, Dengue and Chikungunya, reproductive child health, mental health, aids with case studies and multi- disciplinary research in Homoeopathy.