Free Ayurveda drug for chikungunya patients

Radhakrishnan Kuttoor

Gujarat-based NGO has developed it

People can take

the medicine at

their own risk

No direct involvement of

the government

PATHANAMTHITTA: And now, a Gujarat-based non-governmental organisation is giving an Ayurveda drug developed by it to chikungunya patients in central Travancore.

The State government has given it sanction to administer the medicine to patients free of cost.

A letter (No. 30531/D1/2007/H&FWD), dated July 23, issued by the Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, to the Director of Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM) says M.P. Sasidharan Nair, District Medical Officer (ISM), Pathanamthitta, may give sanction to the Palanpur Banskantha Jain Trust, Navasari, Gujarat, to administer its medicine free of cost to patients who are willing to take it on an experimental basis at their own risk with no involvement of the Government directly.

Patients having viral fever with symptoms akin to those of chikungunya in this part of the State are desperately trying drug after drug in the hope of getting some sort of relief. Whether it be Ayurveda, homoeopathy, Unani, Siddha or any other system of medicine, people with prolonged secondary complications of the debilitating viral disease are willing to take any risk to get their ailment cured.

Mr. Sasidharan Nair told The Hindu that Mahendrabhai Mehta, trust member, who visited the district following reports of chikungunya spreading in Kerala a few weeks ago, claimed that the medicine had a very good curative history in Gujarat.

Mr. Sasidharan Nair said 1,500 patients in the district had been administered the drug and the feedback from many of them was positive.

The drug comes in a pack of 10 tablets, which has to be taken as a single dose.

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