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India plans big for alternative systems of medicine

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India plans a slew of measures to promote alternative systems of medicine. This includes coordination among various systems of medicine, referral hospitals in eight national institutes to provide specialised treatment, National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers and Research and Quality Control Laboratories.

Opening the 66th World Homeopathic Congress in New Delhi on Thursday (Dec 01), India’s Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said, his ministry also mulls over a plan to set up a National Institute of Medicinal Plants and a federal Drugs Controller for indigenous and alternative systems of medicine to ensure standardisation and ensure quality of drugs. He said the government also plans to setup an All India Institute of Homeopathy on the lines of the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi to cater to emerging interests of scientists for research in homeopathy and promote inter-disciplinary understanding for promoting evidence-based use of homeopathy.

Azad also honoured many Homeopaths on the occasion and released books and software prepared by subject experts. Sri Lankan Minister of Indigenous Medicine Salinda Dissanayake also attended the meet. About 2400 delegates from 35 countries are participating in this Congress, being hosted in India for the fourth time.

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