Medical streams spar over ‘drip’

Act against homoeo hospital staff: IMA

Updated - May 13, 2016 08:33 am IST

Published - January 10, 2014 12:21 pm IST - Kozhikode

The State wing of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has demanded immediate action against the authorities of the Government Homoeopathic Medical College Hospital here on the grounds that the staff there were administering medicines through drip without being qualified in the procedure. In a press release, State president of the association A.V. Babu and secretary A.V. Jayakrishnan said that administering of drip by inexperienced staff might harm patients. Hence it was unlawful and unscientific to use the system in homoeo hospitals, the IMA stated.

This was in response to a statement made by the National secretary general of Indian Homoeopathic Medical Association (IHMA) T.K. Hareendranath that the IMA had no right to intervene in the functioning of homoeo hospitals. The IMA said that it was just pointing out the malpractices.

In a press meet on Wednesday, Dr. Hareendranath had claimed that drip system had been legalised in homoeo hospitals as per a government order to set up pain and palliative care wards in them. Drip was administered by those who had completed the Nurse -cum-Pharmacist (NCP) course. They were trained in administering drip as part of the 10-month course, he said.

However, the validity of the NCP course is under question, as many claim that it has been discontinued and deemed outdated. The IHMA is against allowing the course in the private sector after it was discontinued in the public sector.

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