Bhopal’s Government Homeopathic Medical College, a COVID Care Centre (CCC), on Monday claimed to have treated six patients of the novel coronavirus infection using homeopathy.
CCCs offer care only for mild, very mild or suspect cases.
Six patients admitted on May 14 fully recovered on Monday. She said two children, whose parents had tested positive, were also given homeopathic medicine but not HCQ. “Despite living with the parents for ten days the small children did not develop any symptoms,’’ she said.
Hospital Superintendent Dr Sunita Tomar said the patients were given hydroxychloroquine only at the time of admission in keeping with the ICMR guidelines but were later given immune boosters.
The hospital said homeopathic medicine ensured that the patients did not need oxygen support and their condition improved very fast. No patient was required to be referred to bigger hospitals, it added.
Bhopal collector Tarun Pithode, however, said the patients were given both allopathic and homeopathic medicines. “It would be wrong to say they were treated only by homeopathy. It could be incidental. The patients might have been immunity boosters,’’ he said.
Activist Rachna Dhingra, however, questioned the line of treatment. “Was the consent of patients taken that they want homeopathy treatment. How can district administration decide treatment protocol,’’ she asked.
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