Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The Health Minister's move to make available different streams of treatment therapies allopathy, homoeo, ayurveda, etc. at the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) has not gone down well with the Kerala Government Medical Officers' Association (KGMOA).

The KGMOA office-bearers said it would create confusion among patients and make it difficult to manage health services.

Modes of treatment

The patients had a right to choose the mode of treatment they liked and the Government was bound to promote all certified modes of medical treatment, but providing all the therapies under one umbrella would not auger well for the various streams of medicines, said Sunny P. Orathel, KGMOA State president.

Different streams of medicine adopted different modes of treatment. Hence, a treatment method adopted by one stream of medicine may not be seen as the best by practitioners of another stream. This, he said, would create problems, including ego clashes.

Dr. Orathel said practitioners of homoeopathy and allopathy treated filariasis and chikungunya differently. Likewise, ayurveda, siddha and unani had different modes of treating a disease. The funds available for promoting these streams of medicine under the National Rural Health Mission should be used in an appropriate manner, he said.

The mission's aim was to provide all modes of treatment in the rural areas. Dr. Orathel said the Union Health Ministry had probably promoted the idea considering the difficulty in accessing health services in the rural areas in the northern and eastern belt of the country.

However, in the State where health service was accessible to most people in the rural areas, the idea of propagating all streams of medicine under one roof may not yield the desired result, he said.

The KGMOA in a statement had urged the Government to review its decision in this regard.