Government Pays Little Attention to Low Cost Homoeo Treatment

Published: 14th April 2016 05:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th April 2016 05:28 AM   |  A+A-

ROURKELA: After the task of supervising drain cleaning work a couple of years ago, three homoeopathic Medical Officers (MOs) of  Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC) have now been tasked to verify ration card beneficiaries with  door to door visit.

It is just one of the glaring instances of how the State Government apathy is systematically  killing the low-cost and effective homoeopathic  mode of treatment. Sources said four State Government-run homoeopathic dispensaries and  Utkalmani Homoeopathy Medical College and Hospital (UHMCH) here are  perennially facing resource crunch.

A reality check on the  RMC’s ramshackle homoeo dispensary at Railway Colony speaks volumes about  the administration’s neglect.

The dispensary runs from a space provided at the corner of a club room which additionally serves as storage room of the club.

The Medical Officer attends  to the patients by using broken chairs of the club and an old  wooden table. Although the Housing  and Urban Development (HUD) department spends around ` two lakh per  month towards salaries of three MOs and eight support staff of the three existing  dispensaries, from 2007 onwards, the RMC has stopped supplying  medicines to its dispensaries.

A homoeopathic Medical Officer said  supply of medicines worth Rs1,500- 2,000 would be sufficient for each dispensary. Now RMC dispensaries  are not even capable of providing first-aid or stitching services in absence of cotton roll, needle and suture or bandage.

Minor medical  equipment like stethoscope, BP measuring instrument, thermometer, tongue-depressor or  weighing machine are not supplied. In fact, between 2009 and 2014, five homoeo dispensaries  of RMC were closed, while last year, RMC had written to the Health department to take over the existing dispensaries at  Railway Colony, Chhend Colony and Koelnagar.

The indoor patient department (IPD) of the Government-run UHMCH was stopped in 1994 due to lack of required MOs and  paramedical staff. However, after protest by homoeopathy medical students four months ago, the Directorate of AYUSH is under pressure to run the IPD.

 UHMCH principal Dr  GR Giri said the IPD will be functional from next month.Two more MOs havebeen postedand two staffnurses are likely to joinshortly. The new laboratoriesof pharmacy, pathologyand physiologywould  work soon, he added. Former working president of Odisha Homoeopathy  Physicians’ Association  Dr BN Nayak lamented the State Government’s apathy towards homoeopathy science.

The low cost homoeopathic treatment has the  potential to provide an alternative to costly allopathic treatment, he said.    

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