HYDERABAD: Call it apathy of the government in dealing with swine flu or lack of facilities at hospitals, people scared out of their wits are looking at alternative medicine and good hygienic practices to stay away from the flu. Banners highlighting homeopathy medicine for prevention of swine flu at several outlets in the city indicate the growing popularity of the alternative therapy. On the advice of homeopathic doctors or senior citizens who have faith in medicinal value, people are thronging shops to get a dose of Influenzium 200, which is said to be quite effective as a preventive medicine against any kind of flu. People are being advised to take six pills a day for four days and again for three days after a gap of one week. “Homeopathy is quite effective for prevention of any flu,” says Dr. Ch. Srinivas, retired assistant professor at Government Homeopathic College in Ramanthapur. He says taking a dose is more important than the number of pills and there are no side-effects. Dr. Srinivas, feels that government should involve homeopaths in handling this issue and use the 100-bedded homeopathic hospital in Hyderabad, more so, when there is a shortage of treatment facilities in other hospitals. He recalled the role of homeopathy, a curative, in treating Japanese Encephalitis. As Mr. Ramchandra Reddy, a teacher explains, homeopathic medicine is at least driving away the scare of swine flu. But the scare has also brought in some hygienic practices with people using handkerchiefs whenever they sneeze or cough in public places.