Director raises red flag over changes at homoeopathic college in Prayagraj

Inspection draws attention to the homoeopathic college currently having no beds for homoeopathy patients after a proposal to turn it into a Covid facility. The principal has refuted charges.

The director (homoeopathy) has raised the red flag over the Lal Bahadur Shastri Homoeopathic College and Hospital (LBSHCH) in Prayagraj currently having no bed for homoeopathy patients where clinical teaching could be done after the hospital was proposed to be turned into a Covid-19 facility.

The matter came to the fore during an inspection by the director, homoeopathy, who has filed a detailed report on the issue.

“The college has permission for the admission of 125 undergraduate and 13 post graduate students for which 38 beds in the college hospital are a must. With no such beds at present, the National Commission for Homoeopathy (NCH) may stop admission of new students,” Prof Manoj Yadav, director, homoeopathy, wrote in the report.

The principal refuted the charges and said all changes were made in accordance with the district administration and the health department of Prayagraj and there will be no threat of derecognition of the degree.

After the third Covid wave, it was proposed to convert LBSHCH into a level one Covid facility but it could not be done due to technical issues. However, later it was converted in to a 100-bed mother and child hospital with all modern facilities. In the process, the existing 38 beds used for treating of homoeopathy patients and teaching homeopathy students were also converted.

“The permission for converting homoeopathy college hospital into a level one Covid hospital was given by the homoeopathy directorate, but not to convert it in to a mother and child hospital with the help of a voluntary organisation. This should have been done only if permitted by the AYUSH directorate and a decision should not have been taken at the level of principal’s office,” said Prof Yadav, who has prepared a four-page report and submitted it with the additional chief secretary AYUSH.

Principal Prof Hemlata said there is no threat to the teaching and degrees of students.

“The Covid facility was made in accordance with the need and in collaboration with the health department. We were told this will be there for six months. Already, over one and a half months have passed,” said Prof Hemlata.

She also said, “Covid cases have already gone down and there are no such patients admitted. We will shortly be getting back the beds in increased number. Also, the facilities added here will be helpful in treatment and teaching. So, there will be no threat to the degree.”

Prof Hemlata has sent a proposal to the AYUSH department for appointing more staff who would replace as the manpower provided by the voluntary organisation leaves campus. This, she says, will help run a 50-bed hospital and impart treatment and training, both in homeopathy and modern medicine.

“If this is done, the students who go to other hospitals for six-month internship can do it here only,” she said.

Lal Bahadur Shastri Homoeopathic College and Hospital is a prestigious institution established in 1966 and it has produced over 3000 doctors.