Bhubaneswar: The state government has reportedly decided to impart short-term trainings to the practitioners of alternative medicines and allow them to prescribe selected allopathic medicines to patients. The move is aimed at addressing the shortage of doctors at the primary healthcare centres (PHCs).
Under the plan, the practitioners of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in the state will be given a few weeks’ training on a curriculum to be prepared by the state-run Institute of Health and Family Welfare, reports ToI.
According to N K Das, special secretary in the health department, the AYUSH doctors will be trained only to prescribe certain limited allopathic medicines. “It will help in better implementation of various national health programmes such as for malaria control,” he has been quoted as saying.