“At one-fifth of the cost of an allopathic treatment if we can offer cure for most ailments, then why not give the patients an option,” said Dr R.K. Manchanda, deputy director, homeopathy, Delhi government.
The Delhi government’s department of health plans to add 10 more homeopathy dispensaries across the city to its existing 82 centres in the next two months.
Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia on Tuesday unveiled the 82nd homeopathy dispensary in Sector 18, Rohini, in northwest Delhi.
“Last year over 16 lakh patients chose homeopathic treatment. Until October this year, the figures were close to 12 lakh,” said Walia.
"The figures reflect the faith people have in this milder and safer form of treatment,” she said.
“Delhi government is adopting a ‘cafeteria’ approach —meaning giving the patients a wide option — when planning new dispensaries. Most homeopathy dispensaries are being started in government hospitals, which primarily offer allopathic cure,” said Dr Manchanda.
Almost seven per cent of Delhi government health budget, which is Rs 1,100 crore, is allocated for homeopathy.
“We have the money, but what is missing is the awareness about the number of ailments homeopathy can treat,” said Walia.
“There is a need to sensitise the Allopathic and Ayurveda physicians about the benefits of homeopathy.”
To bridge the existing gap, the government is planning to have regular workshops — first starting in Rohini — each batch open to 100 public and private allopathic, homeopathy and ayurveda practitioners.
“We are hopeful that this coordination between doctors will promote experience sharing. This may also assist in reducing maternal and child mortality, which is our long term goal,” said Dr Manchanda.
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