Hyderabad: The State unit of All India Association of Indian Medicine Practitioners has decided to support Dr Abul Hasan Ashraf, who is contesting from Andhra Pradesh as member in the Central Council of Indian Medicine elections 2011.
Speaking to mediapersons here today, the association president, Ms Bilqis Jehan Nardy, said there were some 7,000 Unani practitioners listed in Unani System in the State and one candidate was to be elected by majority. She urged the State government to take legal action against the officials of the Unani and Ayurdeva departments for committing irregularities.
Mr Musaddiq Khundmiri, secretary general, lamented that even though the government had decided to construct 120-bed Sir Nizamath Jung Unani Hospital at Narayanaguda and sanctioned Rs 3.52 crores during 2005-06, there was no progress in the construction of the hospital so far. The Unani Speciality clinic constructed on the premises of the King Koti Area Hospital at a cost of Rs 10-lakh Central assistance was kept under lock for five years and handed over to 104/108 Ambulance service office, he added.
He bemoaned that though Central grants were sanctioned in 2004-05 for construction of four district Unani Hospitals and 12 Unani Speciality clinics, nothing has happened in this regard. He also alleged that funds sanctioned for medicines for the proposed hospitals were misappropriated. He demanded that the Centre and the State government constitute separate Directorates for Ayurveda and Unani on par with Allopathy like in Uttar Pradesh and other States. The “corrupt” bureaucracy was not showing interest in this regard. He also demanded that the Union government transfer the BUMS/MD courses from the NTR Health University to Moulana Azad National Urdu University to protect its interests.
Mr Khundmiri has appealed to the Unani doctors to cast their valuable vote in favour of Dr Abul Hasan Ashraf for promotion of Unani System.