|Ayurveda hospitals face major crisis in Kerala due to shortage of several important
Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai
Monday, January 30, 2012, 08:00 Hrs [IST]
The Ayurveda hospitals in Kerala are facing major crisis as there are complaints of Ayurveda
pharmacies running short of several important drugs and the resultant dwindling turnout of patients
to these hospitals.
Medical Officers in the ayurvedic dispensaries and hospitals complain that their pharmacies are
running short of many important drugs and the number of patients coming to the hospital is steadily
decreasing. The situation blights the existence of these traditional medical institutions by forcing
the patients to depend on allopathic hospitals and expensive methods of treatments.
Due to non-availability of drugs, patients have to purchase these medicines from private medical
shops by giving huge prices. “Only economically stable patients can afford them, but it becomes
difficult for the poor patients to do so,” said a medical officer belongs to Idukki district in Kerala.
Apart from the drug shortage, all the Indian medicine hospitals are working without sufficient staff
such as pharmacists, nurses and attenders. According to the medical officers, government is
showing no interest in Ayurveda hospitals and the sector itself is in a major crisis.
In a chat with Pharmabiz during the Ayurveda Medical Association’s state conference in Kozhikode
in Kerala, the physicians of Ayurveda system said the hospitals are getting an allotment of Rs.
75000 from government during three terms for procurement of medicines. Since the hospitals
come under the local bodies, additional expenditures are incurred by the local Panchayats, most of
whom do not have supportive attitude.
“The delivery of supply is done by Aushadhi, but we have to wait three to six months period to get it.
Government or the local Panchayats do not take any step to avoid the delay. There is always
shortage of the essential ‘Kashaayams’, tablets, 'Arishtams', ointment and powders. So we advise
the patients to buy the medicines from outside. Recently, the government has given order to
Aushadhi to deliver the supply within two months of the intent received,” said a doctor.
An ayurveda dispensary or hospital should have some essential Kashaayams including
Rasnerandaathi, Punarnavaathi, Desamoola Kaduthrayam and Rasnaasthakam, but these
medicines are not available in most of the hospitals in Kerala, said the doctors. In the case of
tablets, shortage is there for Kaishoragugulu, Yogarajagugulu, Vettumaaran and Chandraprabha.
Arishtams such as Amruthaarishtam, Abhayaarishtam, Mustaarishtam and Vaashaarishtam, oils
including Murivenna, Karpooradi thailam, Kottamchukkaathi and Pindathailam, ointments like
Dhanwantharam, Sahacharaadi, and powders such as Taaleesapathraadi and Raasnaadi are also
not available in any of the hospitals or dispensaries functioning across the state.
The members of AMAI said Kerala has about 800 Ayurveda dispensaries which are controlled by
the local bodies. But in 256 Panchayaths, there are no dispensaries.
Meanwhile, when contacted, joint director of ISM admitted that there is pending of supply from
Aushadhi and said the management of dispensaries and hospitals in the villages is under the
control of local bodies whose duty is to procure the medicines on time. He said there is no budget
allocation for purchase of medicines to these Ayush hospitals from the government.
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