A Medical college dedicated to Panchakarma, one of the India’s oldest systems of treatment, will be constructed at Patipukur. It will be a full-fledged medical college with the state of the art facilities which will offer various post graduate courses.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after coming to power had given special stress to revive the old Indian methods of treatment. Panchakarma is very popular in Kerala but all the units there are run by private agencies.
Panchakarma is an excellent remedy to treat patients suffering from respiratory distress, migraine, and gastrological problems. It works miracles with patients undergoing cerebral stroke. Patients suffering from spondylosis and spinal cord related problems are cured following the method of treatments. Oil is prepared by the mixtures made out of the extract from various medicinal plants. The mixture is poured on the affected zone to cure the disease. A patient has to stay back in the hospital for a week or so to receive the treatment.
West Bengal in last few years has made a significant progress in promoting Ayurveda, one of the oldest systems of medicine, by building up its infrastructure, with more number of patients visiting the JB Roy State Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospitals.
JB Roy State Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, the state government owned college which is situated on 170-172 Raja Dinendra Street at Machuabazar is the model Ayurveda hospital in the state and has been declared as the state model college.
The state government has taken up various projects to enhance infrastructure in Ayurveda including upgrading pharmacy course into a diplomatic course at the Patipukur Ayurvedic Hospital. A senior official at the hospital said that the hospital has seen a significant rise in the number of patients in the last few years.
Dr TK Biswas a senior doctor at the JB Roy Hospital said that around 200 patients visit the various outpatient departments (OPDs) at the 120 bedded Hospital every day, whereas the Patipukur Ayurvedic Hospital registers 150 patients every day. Dr Biswas also said that more than 70 per cent of the hospital beds remain occupied most of the time. With the state government undertaking various projects to improve infrastructure and to promote Ayurveda education by introducing various courses, it will soon attract more patients. The number of patient at the JB Roy Hospital has increased by 20-25 per cent in last 7-8 years, Dr Biswas added.
A separate Medical College dealing in Panchakarma will be set up in the state. There will be various departments in the hospital including Kayachikitsa (medicine), Shalyatantra (Surgery), Striroga and Prosutitantra (Gynecology and Obstetrics), Shalakyatantra (Eye and ENT), Panchakarma (Bio purification therapy), Kaumarbhritya (Pediatrics) and other clinical subjects.
The medical college authority has been organising various awareness camps across the state for the last one year as a part of its Centenary Celebration of the medical college. It may be mentioned that throughout last year the Centenary Celebration Committee of JB Roy Hospital held 22 Ayurveda awareness camp across the state. Camps were organized to spread awareness about various diseases. The Centenary celebration began last year and the ceremony will end on February 11. An international seminar will be held on Modern Medicine, Basic Science and Ayurveda in which more than 1000 delegates from across the state and other countries will participate.
Dr Biswas, the Chairman of the Scientific Committee of Centenary Celebration at the Hospital said: “Seminars will be held at Science City on February 9-10 and inside the medical college campus on February 11. Doctors, researchers and teachers from USA, UK, Canada, Bangladesh and from various states participate in the international conference.