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Ayush in Nagaland still at nascent stage

Dr. D. K Mero addressing Ayush practitioners. Also seen is MS district hospital Dimapur Dr. Sukhato on Thursday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 25 (NP):
Published on 26 Nov. 2010 12:36 AM IST
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Medical superintendent and nodal officer (Ayush) Dr. D. K Mero on Thursday said homeopathy in Nagaland was still at its nascent stage because people were yet to recognize the importance of Ayush-use of natural substance, cost effectiveness with strong emphasis in preventive and promotive health care.
Ayush which means ‘Long life’ or ‘Best wishes for good health’ in Sanskrit and the different systems of medicine that come under the umbrella of Ayush are Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy.
Dr. Mero, while delivering the key note address at the district level training on homeopathy for mother and child care said Ayush practitioners in Dimapur are often looked down by the people despite their existence in large numbers.
Lamenting that a lot of people fail to recognize Ayush doctors, he said Ayush doctors are no less than MBBS doctors as the duration of course are similar to that of MBBS, except for the study of medicines.
“Since Ayush system of health care is in its infant stage, we need to support Ayush doctors and practitioners”, Dr. Mero said.
MS of district hospital Dimapur Dr. Sukhato Sema speaking as the chief guest said people often overlook the services rendered by (Ayush) homeopathic doctors and therefore called upon Ayush doctors and practitioners to make their presence felt by participating in health camps and to reach the rural areas masses through such awareness programme.
He stressed that homeopathy for mother was a concern for every citizen and that Ayush practitioners should ensure that every expectant mother receive support in terms of hygiene, diet and counseling.
Dr. Sukhato underscored a person would be ensured of healthy mind and healthy body if one replace medicines with organic nutrition. He called upon the practitioners to make a concrete aim to achieve cent percent target to prevent preventable diseases though immunization.
The district level campaign on homeopathy for mother and child care is a national campaign which started in the year 2007 in Delhi. At the state level, the campaign started in 2009 and 2010 in the district level. The objectives of the campaign is to sensitize all stake holders which include policy makers, allopathic physicians, non- government organisations, and those involved in the health sectors and common man regarding the strength of homeopathy.
According to WHO, homeopathy is the second most widely practiced system of treatment after allopathy and in India 70% of the population prefers and uses available Ayush therapies.
Earlier, at the programme, vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Ritu Thurr, deputy chief medical officer and programme was chaired by Dr. Tiakaba MO (Ayush) district hospital Dimapur.
District hospital Dimapur would be organising multi-specialty health camp on December 10 where Ayush stalls would be set up for patients to avail treatment.
Pathologist and blood bank in-charge, Dr. Temsu, resource person Dr. Bendangtula and Ayush doctors attended the programme. The three-day training programme would conclude on November 27.
It may be mentioned that Ayush health sector in Nagaland started in the year 1979 with establishment of homeopathic dispensary at Kohima under directorate of health service. At present, the deputy director is the programme officer and in the district level there are five Ayush medical officers, two at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima, one at civil hospital Dimapur, one at Civil hospital Tuensang and one at homoeopathic centre Dimapur.
Under the National Rural Health Scheme Mission, 21 Ayush medical officers have been appointed on contractual basis and posted to different community health centres located in all 11 districts in Nagaland.
Besides, there are currently 103 Naga students who are undergoing Ayush medical courses after being nominated by the state government through joint entrance examination (JEE).

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