Aug 27, 2012

Panel recommends 300-hour course for non-allopathic docs

Published: Sunday, Aug 26, 2012, 16:47 IST
By Alifiya Khan | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA

An expert committee set up by the state government to design a new short term course to train non-allopathic doctors in pharmacology in order to enable them to dispense allopathic drugs has submitted its recommendations this week.
Last month, state medical education minister Vijaykumar Gavit had announced in the state assembly that homeopathic, ayurvedic and unani doctors will be allowed to dispense allopathic medicines if they complete a short course in pharmacology. To design this course, the expert committee was set up with members of ayurvedic and homeopathic councils, director of ayurveda from the state, members from Directorate of Medical Education and Research as well as members of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS).
“We submitted the recommendations three days ago to start a 300-hour weekend course. The cost would be around Rs60,000 for qualified non-allopathic doctors and it would be offered at 10 medical colleges under MUHS. We have proposed a 150-hour theory and 150-hour practical course,” said Dr Mandar Ranade, all India joint secretary of National Integrated Medical Association, who was a part of the committee.
However, he added that the course is recommended only for homeopathic doctors since ayurvedic and unani doctors study pharmacology in their courses and hence should be exempted.
Ranade said besides starting the course, it was suggested that the government also make relevant changes in Maharashtra Medical Practioners Act, 1961 in order to allow non-allopathic doctors practice modern medicine.
“This is necessary for legal safeguards of trained non-allopathic doctors who are harassed as quacks or doing illegal cross practice. The committee has recommended that the government should issue a separate resolution clarifying what surgeries can be done by non-allopathic doctors,” added Ranade.
Maharashtra has the highest number of ayurveda and homeopathic colleges.
As compared to 90,000 allopaths, there are 80,000 ayurvedic, 58,000 homeopathic and 5,000 unani doctors practising in the state. Most of the healthcare in rural areas and even government hospitals is dependent on non-allopathic doctor.
“We cannot deny the important role they play in rural areas where practioners of modern medicine do not practice. Hence, it is important to equip them with right skills,” said Dr Arun Jamkar, vice-chancellor, MUHS.


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