ANDHRA PRADESH

Govt. homoeo hospital to have pharmacy

HYDERABAD July 26. The Government Homoeopathic Hospital and College, Ramanthapur, which has achieved the distinction of being one of the four model institutions in the country, will have a pharmacy attached to it. The other three hospitals and colleges are located in Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar and Thiruvananthapuram.

The Centre has sanctioned Rs. 86 lakhs for the establishment of the pharmacy which is meant to supply medicines to other government homoeo hospitals in India, according to B. Sohan Singh, superintendent of the hospital, who is also a member of the central council of homoeopathy and PG education committee.

Dr. Singh told The Hindu that the pharmacy would be completed by March 2003 and its foundation would be laid next month. Of the sanctioned amount of Rs.86 lakhs, Rs.61 lakhs would be spent on equipment and Rs.25 lakhs on the building.

With staff strength of ten, the dispensary would supply homoeo medicine to six government hospitals and 283 dispensaries in the State, besides other States and the CGHS units. The hospitals in other States would reimburse the expenditure met by the dispensary in the supply, Dr. Singh said.

The hospital, he said, by virtue of being the coordinating office for the Japanese Encephalitis (brain fever) Homoeopathic Prevention Programme, was also the centre of a four-year research project taken up last year. The project was to study the efficacy of how Belladonna works in the cure in consultation with scientists.

Thanks to its premier position in the country, the hospital stands to gain by receiving Rs.1-crore grant from the Centre during the Tenth Plan. This amount would ensure a bright future for the hospital and college, said Dr. Singh.

Referring to the research project, he said, it was the only one of its kind in the country. It was the result of the good work turned out by the hospital. As the coordinator and principal investigator of the project, it was his job to ensure that 2.5 crore children in the State were covered by 14 crore pills of Belladonna-200, Calcarea Carb and Tuberculinum pills in a phased manner.

The first dose of administration of Belladonna to the affected persons for three days would commence on August 1. Since the peak period of the disease in the South was September to December, the medicine was being distributed in the State from August 1. It had already reached the districts for supply under the supervision of the Collectors. The medicine would be supplied in plastic bottles and sachets. About four lakh bottles were purchased for this purpose.

According to Dr.Singh, 343 cases of Japanese Encephalitis resulting in 72 deaths were reported in 2000. In sharp contrast, the figures were drastically down last year to 33 with four fatalities.

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