IIHP's meet discusses problems faced by this branch of medicine
VISAKHAPATNAM: The Centre and all State Governments must set up epidemic cells and homoeopathy should be utilised in the process, said a senior homoeopath, G.L.N. Sastry, here on Saturday.
Dr. Sastry, one of the founder members of the Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physicians (IIHP), wanted homoeopaths to plan curative and preventive therapies in a more systematic manner. He was
speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 11th conference of the AP chapter of IIHP.
"Homoeopathy struggled to survive in the past. It was only after India gained independence that a homoeopathy practitioner could raise the issue at forums. Even those who graduated from the college established in Kolkata in 1938 were not recognised," he said. A committee toured all over the country in 1947-48 and submitted a report in 1949. The Centre wanted the concurrence of all States to recognise the homoeopathy colleges. Branches of IIHP were formed in all States to support the cause.
The Central Homoeopathic Council Act came into force in 1973 and the colleges were recognised. In the State, a similar Act was passed in 1956.
Dr. Sastry said the former Prime Minister late P.V. Narasimha Rao helped create a separate department for homoeopathy. The former Health Minister late Raj Narain wanted a homoeopath as the third Medical Officer in the Primary Health Centres but his idea did not take shape.
President of IIHP Niranjan Mohanty said that homoeopathy catered to those who wanted a gentle and inexpensive medicine. He regretted that its status in India was not on par with other branches of medicine. Funds too were not sufficient, Dr. Mohanty pointed out.