Dr Ramjee Singh, president of Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH), said the present state government has been working towards the development of infrastructure in Homeopathy. He also praised the Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) department for emphasising on promotions of oldest medications.
Incidentally, it may be mentioned that CCH, a regulating body, had written to the state government urging it to improve the condition of homeopathy hospitals and filling up the vacant posts.
In the letter written to the state Ayush department, it was requested to fill up the vacant posts of principals at four medical colleges.
The Ayush department has already started the process of filling up the vacant posts.
Dr Singh said: “State Ayush minister and other senior officials have assured us that all the measures were being taken to revamp homeopathy infrastructure at medical colleges. They have already taken up various development works.”
The government-owned homeopathy medical colleges are Calcutta Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, DN Dey Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Mahesh Bhattacharya Homeopathic Medical College Hospital and Midnapore Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital. There are seven private homeopathy medical colleges in the state and the Centre-owned National Institute of Homeopathy.
Ayush got a boost after the Trinamool Congress government formed a separate department under the health department to revive and promote the oldest forms of medications. These fields remained neglected for a long time during the previous Left Front regime. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, after coming to power, carried out makeshift changes in the health infrastructure at all the state government hospitals. As a part of development work, homeopathy will soon get a boost.
Both the Centre and the state government are allotting more funds for the development of Ayush.
The state Ayush department will soon fill up the vacant posts of principals at all four homeopathy medical colleges. Around 300 posts of MD (Hom.) doctors which remained vacant for a long time will be filled up. Appointments will be given to around 50 professor doctors at medical colleges.
Dr Mrinal Sarkar, president of the National Homeopathic Forum of India and also a member of CCH demanded that the state government should consider the salary structure of the homeopathy doctors and professors.