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SHILLONG, April 10: World Homoeopathic Day was observed today at Shillong . It was marked by words of reminiscence on the contribution of alterte medicines to health care in the state.
Speaking as the Chief Guest during the occasion, the state Minister of Health and Family Welfare AL Hek stated that the Central government has been focusing on the development and popularizing the practice of Ayush medicine which is a part of the traditiol Indian system of medicine. He further added that countries like Germany, France and USA have already recognized the practice of Homoeopathy whereas in India this system of medical practice traditiol practice of medicine is yet to be widely popularized. “We will have our own Directorate for this system of medicine which has zero side effects”, he said.
The Homoeopathy system of medicine was first introduced in the State Health Services in the year 1979, three years after the Government have promulgated “The Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973”. Thereafter a Homoeopathic Dispensary was opened and commissioned in 1976 by the State Government, Health and Family Welfare Department in the old Civil Hospital Building at Police Bazar, Shillong and which at present has been accommodated in the new building of Civil Hospital, Shillong.
The homoeopathic system of medicines and treatment has now been introduced in all the 11 (eleven) Districts of the State.
It is also worth mentioning that the Ayurvedic system of medicine was first introduced by the Government of Meghalaya in the year 2002 and was implemented as an Out Patient Department (OPD) at Khliehshnong in Sohra under East Khasi Hills District. The Ayurvedic treatment has now been introduced in all the Districts Hospitals of the State. And in the year, 2005-2006, the State Government through the Central Sponsored Schemes has set up the 10 Bedded Homoeopathic Hospitals in the 7 (Seven) Districts and 3 (Three) Ayurvedic Wings but could not function till date due to shortage of manpower.