The Siddha medical practitioners in the government sector in Tamil Nadu have urged the state finance ministry to provide considerable focus on Ayush sector and the traditional drug industry while allocating funds, especially to boost Siddha system which dominates in the state.
In a memorandum given to state finance minister O Panneerselvam, who will present the budget for the next fiscal in the Assembly on March 15, the Tamil Nadu Siddha Doctors Association (TNSIDA) has wanted the minister to consider measures to streamline the functioning of Siddha hospitals under the department of Indian Systems and allocate more funds for medicines’ availability in all centres.
“All Siddha health centres are struggling for want of medicines for the last several years. The government is supplying only a few number of medicines listed in the essential drug list (EDL), hence the doctors are unable to provide proper medication to the OP and IP patients of the 1058 ayush hospitals”, said Dr. P Swaminathan, secretary of TNSIDA.
According to reports, last week due to shortage of medicines, patients with cold and diarrhoea admitted in the IP ward