The three branches of health care system of modern medicine, ayurveda and homoeopathy has acceptance in Kerala.
Three systems together have 27 11 institutions in the government sector. Out of the total institutions, 47% are under Allopathy and 53 % under AYUSH. There are 115 Ayurveda Hospitals with 2744 beds and 747 Ayurveda dispensaries. Hospitals include 14 district hospitals, one nature cure hospital, one Marma hospital, one Siddha hospital, one Panchakarma hospital, one Ayurveda Mental hospital and 96 government hospitals. During 2005, 207.7 lakh patients were treated in ayurveda institutions and out of them 207.2 lakh were outpatients and 0.5 lakh inpatients. There are 14 Ayurveda colleges in Kerala, of which 3 are in Government sector, 2 are in private sector and 9 are in self-financing sector.
These colleges have an annual intake of 680 students for BAMS/BSMS courses and 82 students for postgraduate courses. There are 31 hospitals and 525 dispensaries under Directorate of Homoeopathy. Hospitals include 14 district and 17 other hospitals. Total bed strength of these hospitals is 970. There are 5 Homoeopathic Medical Colleges in the State, of which 2 are under government sector and 3 are in private aided sector. Total annual intake for BHMS course is 250 and for PG course is 60.
Private Medical Institutions
Kerala has a vast health care infrastructure under Modern Medicine, Ayurveda and Homoeopathy systems of medicine. In the health sector the role of private sector is significant. Under private sector, all the three systems together have 12383 medical institutions.
The total bed strength in the three main systems viz. Modern Medicine Ayurveda, Homoeo is 63386. Out of it, 88% of beds and 37.35% of medical institutions are under Modern Medicine, 33.53% medical institutions and 8.53% beds are in Ayurveda. Homoeopathy institutions constitute 24.97% and beds under it are 1.26%.
There are 2440 1 doctors under private sector. The strength of nurses available for health care services under private sector is 20 164, paramedical staff consists 12910 excluding nurses. In Kerala, one interesting aspect in the health seeking behavior of the State’s population is that a sizable percentage approaches the Private sector for curative care
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