Karnataka Health Minister Aravind Limbavali said the government was examining the possibility of adopting the Andhra Pradesh model of imparting training to traditional medicine practitioners (nati vaidyas) so that they can provide basic and emergency healthcare to patients in rural areas.
Replying to a question by Srikanth Kulkarni, minister Limbavali said a team of officials had recently visited Andhra Pradesh to study the system.
There are an estimated 30,000 nati vaidyas in the State, he added.
Limbavali told the Council that the government is exploring the option of reintroducing Integrated Medicine Course in Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.
Replying to a question by a host of Opposition members, the minister said he had held a meeting with Ayush doctors on July 20, and that the matter was under consideration.
He said that his department was aware that Ayush doctors were prescribing allopathic medicines for emergency cases. There are over a lakh doctors in the State, of whom 45,746 practise Ayush systems of medicine.
The Integrated Medicine course would help Ayush doctors get some knowledge of the allopathic stream.
Opposing the idea, MLC M R Hulinayakar said this was not a State subject and that the matter should be referred to the apex bodies.
Congress’ Member of Legislative Council M R Seetharam said that the course should be introduced after holding consultations with the Medical and Dental Councils.