Break Barriers to Reach Remote Areas: Planning Commission

Dr.Y.Bala Murali Krishna*
New Delhi, Dec 4: India’s highest policy making body – Planning Commission – has today urged all systems of medicine to wriggle out of their respective “silos” to take medicare to the masses and thereby reach the Millinnium Development Goals .

“We have a formidable challenge before us to take medicare to the inaccessible areas.We have no funds constraint and respective schools of medicine should come out of their silos in this regard,” Dr.Syeda Hameed, member, Planning Commission told the 66th World Homoeopathic Congress(WHC) of the LIGA here today.

Delivering the key note address at a special session on “Public Health Initiatives In  Homoeopathy” on the concluding day of the WHC, Dr.Syeda said the Commission had taken a bold initiative of constituting a Standing Committee with members of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the Department of AYUSH to achieve its objective.

Commending the tremendous success within one year of launching the Tele-Homoeopathy project in Tripura that had so far benefitted more than 20,000 tribals in far-flung areas in the North-Eastern State, Dr.Syeda expressed her serious concern saying,”Think of how you reach millions of people suffering in more than 65 naxalite-infested districts of the country.”

She acknowledged that every system had its own merits and demerits besides limitations and all should come together to benefit the suffering masses by cutting across their egos and schools.

There is a need to have a paradigm shift among practitioners of all systems of medicine to meet the health requirements of the public,”she added.

*The Author is Hyderabad-based Science Writer,Media Consultant and Journalism Educator.
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