BMC may now go in for Homoeopathy to its frontline workers.
Vijay V Singh & Sumitra Debroy | TNN | Updated: May 5, 2020, 14:32 IST
After anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, BMC plans to use homoeopathy to prevent Covid-19 among its frontline workers here. A proposal to give Arsenicum album 30 to healthcare workers, policemen and others is strongly being considered. Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani confirmed that the option was being discussed. “There was a communication from the Government of India after which we appointed a committee. Based on the committee’s report, we will consider the next course,” he said. Civic sources told the possibility of the drug being given to asymptomatic patients at quarantine centres was also being discussed.
A senior BMC official said, “A group of homoeopathy experts had approached us with the suggestion and even agreed to provide doses and support through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund. We will test it according to the prescribed format. Our medical experts are working on it.”
Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), under the ministry of AYUSH, had recommended that Arsenicum album 30 could be taken as prophylactic medicine against coronavirus. “We will ask for the drug for our healthcare workers. It may also be given to patients in quarantine centres. We are likely to get the medicines in a day or two,” said Dr Padmaja Keskar, BMC’s executive health officer.
Parel’s KEM Hospital may be the starting point, said a civic official, adding that it was not given as part of any study. Dr Daksha Shah said the drug has been distributed in the community in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. “It’s not known to cause adverse effects either,” she said.
Homoeopath Dr Rajesh Shah said that Arsenicum album 30 is a known immune-modulator, which is widely prescribed for influenza-like-illnesses. “The recommendation is one doze of Arsenicum album 30 daily on an empty stomach for three days. A decision on subsequent doses should be taken depending on factors such as prevalence of epidemic, among other things,” he said, adding that the drug has helped against influenza H1N1 (swine flu).