Homeopathy Current Affairs - 2020

Largest conference on traditional medicine: AYUSH Terminologies and their Standardisation held in New Delhi

On February 26, 2020, the largest ever conference on traditional medicine was held in New Delhi. The ICoSDiTAUS-2020 called the International Conference on Standardisation of Diagnosis and Terminologies of AYUSH was attended by 16 countries. It included Serbia, Sri Lanka, Curacao, Mauritius, Iran, Japan, Qatar, Uzbekistan, Bhutan, Switzerland, Myanmar, Cuba, Ghana, Jamaica, Equatorial Guinea and India.

The Conference was organized by the Ministry of AYUSH.

Highlights

The major topic that was discussed at the conference includes “Challenges in Counting and Classification of Traditional Medicine Encounters”. It also discussed about International Classification of Diseases based on traditional medicinal systems.

Significance

AYUSH is acronym of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. GoI has been taking several steps to promote AYUSH. One such step is this conference of standardization. It is important because, AYUSH helps to find cost effective treatment. For a populous country like India where expenditure on health sector is just 1.17% of GDP (2019), cost effective treatments like AYUSH have vital role.

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National Commission for Homeopathy bill, 2019 approved by Cabinet

On January 29, 2020, the Union Cabinet approved National Commission for homeopathy bill, 2019.

Highlights

The bill is being introduced for the following amendments

  • To introduce reforms in the field of Homeopathy education
  • To enable accountability and transparency in protecting the interests of general public.

Current Legislation

The Homeopathy Central Council act, 1973 is currently governing the Homeopathy education and practices in the country. The act has been extracted based on the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.

Homeopathy Central Council

The functions, regulation and powers of the council is very similar to that of the Indian Medical Council of India. The amendments are being introduced as there has been serious detrimental effects in medical education and delivery of Homeopathy health care services in the country.

The Council operates under Ministry of AYUSH. Also, it is one of the professional councils that have been constituted under University Grants Commission (UGC). The professional councils include AICTE, Bar Council of India, Medical Council of India, Veterinary council, nursing council, etc.

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