Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said her government was committed to the development and expansion of homoeopathy as it offers the optimal mix of simplicity, economy, effectiveness of treatment and cultural acceptability among the diverse population.
Launching the campaign “Homoeopathy for Healthy Mother and Happy Child” here, Ms. Dikshit also dedicated a web site for homoeopathy, www.homeo.delhigovt.nic.in, to provide the option of online treatment and consultancy to the people.
The Chief Minister pointed out that homoeopathy enjoys a high reputation and its remedies have been used traditionally in Indian families for over 150 years.
“Day by day the popularity of homoeopathy is increasing as it cures diseases from their roots in a safe, harmless and gentle way. The Delhi Government has established 32 new homoeopathic dispensaries in the past decade. The average number of patients per dispensary is increasing with each passing year signifying the popularity of this system,” she added.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister also released 17 pamphlets and six posters in Hindi, English, Punjabi and Urdu providing information on general aspects of homoeopathic treatment for various ailments as part of the campaign.
Stressing the need for inter-dependence of all medicine therapies to achieve the goal of ensuring quality health care, Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia said her Ministry would help homoeopathic dispensaries being run by charitable trusts and non-government organisations to make them more useful to patients. “Around 10 lakh people have come forward to avail of homoeopathic treatment in the first eight months of the calendar year in different dispensaries,” she added.
The national campaign on “Homoeopathy for Mother and Child Care” was launched by the Department of Ayush, Union Government in 2007. The campaign intends to enhance capacity and skills among homoeopaths in dealing with issues related to “Mother and Child Care” as well as to train homoeopaths in managing women during pregnancy and childbirth and in management of common diseases in children.
The campaign is also aimed at bridging the gap between theoretical and practical knowledge, increase coordination between homoeopaths and allopaths. To achieve these objectives, the launch is being followed by two-day workshop for doctors from allopathy, ayurveda, homoeopathy and unani from various government and non-government organisations.