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HOMEOPATHY


Homeopathy is a system of treatment noted for its economy, easy application and absence of side effects. It is applied for curing chronic diseases also. It was recognised by the Travancore state Government as early as in 1947 and Government institution came into existence in 1958. Up to 1968 the Government Homeo Institution  was under Director of Indigenous  Medicine. An Assistant Director (Homeo) was put in charge of Homeopathy in 1973 and Department of Homeopathy was formed under a Director of Homeopathy.

            Steady progress was made in the field of rendering medical relief to the public through Homeo hospitals/ dispensaries by the department of Homeopathy. Homeo education is also promoted.

            There were 31 homeo hospitals with 950 beds and 384 dispensaries as on 31/3/95. It has been proved that Homeopathy can improve the health standards of the people and there is a wide demand from the public to open new Homeopathy hospitals and dispensaries in the state. The growth of Homeo institutions over the year is  is as below:

Number of Homeo Hospitals over the years

Year

Homeo Hospitals

Homeo dispensaries

1986

24

227

1990

26

274

1991

30

312

1992

30

338

1993

31

360

1994

31

374

1995

31

384

1996

31

394


Homeo Education

            The homeopathic education was started in 1960’s in the private sector. There are at present 4 Homeopathic Medical Colleges in the state of which 2  are in the Government sector.  BHMS degree course and BHMS (graded) degree course are being conducted in the Government colleges and the annual intake of students is 100 for each course. The Government Homeopathic Medical College was started in 1975-76, the first of its kind in  South India for imparting degree courses in Homeopathy. The degree course in BHMS is of  four and half  years duration followed by one year house surgency. The Calicut college is affiliated to the University of Calicut and  is recognised by the Central and State Governments. Government Homeopathic Medical College at Thiruvananthapuram was started in 1981-82 and is affiliated to the University of Kerala. During  1982-83 Government accorded sanction for starting degree colleges in the private Homeo Medical College at Kurichy both BHMS degree and diploma courses are being conducted with an annual intake of 50 and 120 students respectively. In other private college at Ernakulam BHMS diploma course is being conducted with an annual intake of 60 students. The qualified doctors from these institutions enter the national mainstream either through  entrance or through private practice.

 


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