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Odisha AIIMS to introduce OPDs for traditional systems of medicine

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 4:

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the premier health care institution in Odisha’s capital city, is all set to introduce traditional systems of treatment such as ayurveda, yoga, homeopathy and unani for patients in the next two to three months, informed its director Prof. Dr Ashok Kumar Mohapatra.

Prof Dr Ashok Mohapatra, Director, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar
Prof Dr Ashok Mohapatra, Director, AIIMS, Bhubaneswar

The premier health care facility has been successful in attracting large number of patients and that has resulted in longer periods of wait for patients in the outpatient department for their turn.

Faced with shortage of allopathy doctors and pressure on existing staff and the huge turnout of patients, the institution has planned to open outpatient departments dealing with traditional systems of medicines for minor ailments like cough, cold, fever, stomach disorder and diseases associated with old age.

“This will be beneficial in two ways. Our allopath doctors will develop respect for traditional systems of medicines resulting in mutual respect among practitioners of allopathy and traditional systems of medicines. Moreover it will ease pressure on the limited number of allopathic doctors in our hospital. Minor ailments commonly found among children like cough, cold, fever and diseases associated with old age can be taken care of by these doctors at the OPD at lesser cost and lesser side effects”, said Prof. Dr Mohapatra.

Dr Mohapatra said there is also a demand for such schools of medicine in the present day society as treatment is cost effective and with lesser side effects.

Though at present it’s not possible to provide in-patient facility in these schools of medicine, we will limit our effort to out patient departments, only, he said.

The AIIMS Bhubaneswar presently has more than 200 beds with 26 departments like Medicine, Surgery, Gynecology and Orthopedics. There are plans to take the number of departments to 50 and its bed strength to 500.

The expansion project of the hospital will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December this year, sources said.