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Panel studying AYUSH doctors’ demand to use allopathic drugs

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Recognition:Twenty-eight doctors were honoured for their work in the Indian systems of medicine in Bangalore on Thursday.— Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.
Recognition:Twenty-eight doctors were honoured for their work in the Indian systems of medicine in Bangalore on Thursday.— Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

The Health Department’s decision on permitting AYUSH practitioners to prescribe allopathic medicines during emergencies will be based on the recommendation of a committee headed by the Additional Chief Secretary.

Announcing this after presenting AYUSH awards to 28 veteran practitioners from the Indian systems of medicine (ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy), Health Minister Aravind Limbavali said the government was ready to give permission for it if the panel proposed it.

Minister’s take

“Most of our primary health centres have AYUSH practitioners. Although they are assisting doctors in attending cases, it is a violation of rules if they do it on their own. As AYUSH practitioners are allowed to prescribe allopathy medicines during emergencies in 12 States, we can also look at its feasibility. However, the oxygen [emergency medicine] should not become food [a regular practice],” the Minister said.

Mr. Limbavali asked the State AYUSH Directorate to present awards annually to deserving candidates.

Pointing out that the deadline for private hospitals to register under the Karnataka Private Medical Establishments Act had been extended by six months, the Minister said it would help the government regulate the functioning of private hospitals.

M. Madan Gopal, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, said lack of scientific research and standard operating procedures based on certain accepted protocols was coming in the way of public acceptance of Indian systems of medicine.

Suggestion

Asserting that AYUSH systems should get an impetus, Mr. Madan Gopal said: “We have suggested to the Union Health Ministry to launch a separate AYUSH mission in the country because this field of medicine is as important as allopathy. ”

R. Roshan Baig, MLA, wanted the government to regulate the functioning of corporate hospitals as he claimed they, along with the allopathy pharma sector, were exploiting the common man.

State Drugs Controller B.R. Jagashetty was present.

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