Homoeopathic Institutions Need Cutting-edge Research Facilities: Anil Baijal, Delhi LG
Third International Conference on “Homeoprophylaxis: A Worldwide Choice for Disease Prevention; Evidence and Education - the Keys to Change” in New Delhi on January 11-12 highlights preventive and curative advantages of Homoeopathy.
To leverage specific advantages of Homoeopathy, there is an urgent need to strengthen the research infrastructure of Homoeopathic institutions to undertake research projects of public health importance, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Mr Anil Baijal said while delivering the inaugural address at a conference on ‘HOMOEOPROPHYLAXIS’ here today.
On January 11-12, New Delhi hosted the third International Conference- “Homoeoprophylaxis- A Worldwide Choice for Disease Prevention; Evidence and Education - the Keys to Change.” The event was supported by other international organisations from the Netherlands, Australia, and the US. Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, Directorate of AYUSH, Government of Delhi, Nehru Homoeopathic Medical College, Delhi, and Dr B. R. Sur Homoeopathic Medical College, Delhi and professional bodies like Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physicians, Homoeopathic Medical Association of India.
The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, inaugurated the two-day conference today. The conference was attended by about 250 experts/delegates from USA, Australia, Netherland, Cuba, Thailand, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, National and State Government Institutions, colleges, research institutions and private practitioners. Prominent speakers included Dr Isaac Golden (Australia), Dr Gustavo Bracho (Cuba), Dr Raj. K. Manchanda, Director (AYUSH), Govt. of Delhi and organising Chair, Dr Anil Khurana, Director General, Central Council of Research in Homoeopathy, Govt of India and Chair Committee, HPWWC- 2020, and Cathy Lemmon (US) President, HPWWC, About Homeoprophylaxis: A Worldwide Choice (HPWWC).
Dr R.K Manchanda, while welcoming delegates laid stress on the opportunity for India to undertake high-quality research in the prevention of various infections.
Cathy Lemmon extended her wishes to the delegates and addressed the conference. She stated that our mission is to promote Homoeopathy in diseases prevention, creating a platform for scientific discussion.
Baijal said, “In the last few decades, basic researches in homoeopathy have reached incredible heights. However, there is a need to combine innovative research strategies to conduct focussed evidence-based research. The research infrastructure of Homoeopathic Institutions in Delhi should also be strengthened in undertaking research projects of public health importance.”
“Today, the world at large and India, in particular, is facing challenges of several outbreaks of diseases like Dengue, Chikungunya, Malaria, Encephalitis, Diarrhoea and Gastroenteritis among others where there are no effective vaccines in allopathy, Homoeopathic researchers should work to find out the solutions to these diseases based on modern scientific parameters,” Baijal said, adding that “In Delhi, we have created an admirable infrastructure in the form 106 Homoeopathic Dispensaries, 2 medical colleges namely Nehru Homoeopathic Medical Colleges and Dr B R Sur Homoeopathic Medical College. About 1.8 million patients are treated every year in these facilities.” Baijal hoped that Homoeopathy would play an integral role in dealing with the challenge of epidemics in the near future.
An overview of the Scientific Programme wherein about 20 experts from different fields are participating was elaborated by Dr Anil Khurana.
Two of the Keynote speakers, Dr Isaac Golden, Founder, Australian College of Hahnemannian Homoeopathy, Australia and Dr Gustavo Bracho, Carlos J. Finlay Vaccine and Serum Institute, Havana, Cuba were felicitated by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi for their significant contribution in promoting Homoeopathy as preventive medicine.
Martin de Munck, LL. M, R. Hom, Legal Advisor, Homoeopath, Netherland, extended the vote of thanks to the dignitaries and hoped the conference would pave the way to enhanced quality research in prevention by Homoeopathy.
Homoeopathy aims at curing the patient holistically and gently. The inherent strengths of the system enable it to be free from adverse side effects and make it a safe, easy and cost-effective mode of treatment. Its medicines are safe, non-addictive, palatable, and easy to administer. It can safely be used for pregnant and lactating women, infants and children and old people. These impart a natural and specific stimulation to the body’s defence mechanism without inducing drug resistance.
Given the merits of Homoeopathy, the experts advocated it as a useful choice for promoting health and preventing diseases. They were of the view that Homoeopathy can play an important role as “the first line of treatment” if it is utilised in its right perspective.