Medical aid muddle.
“Most people of Calcutta who could send away their families have done so at considerable risk. Reports have reached us of the early outbreak of malaria in many of the villages in the mofussil districts and the children, particularly among the evacuees, long accustomed to the amenities of city life, have caught the infection. No assistance has been rendered by the Government, so far as we are aware, to the municipalities or the union Boards where these exist, to enable them to take adequate sanitary precautions, including the supply of pure drinking water.” Thus read the leader of the Amrita Bazar Patrika of Wednesday, the 8th April, 1942.
We wrote in this strain in the editorial pages of our March number. By detailed facts and figures we showed that immediate implementing of the STATE FACULTY OF HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINE as published in the Calcutta Gazette of July 3, 1941, is the only economical means of relieving the medical distress in which the whole province has been thrown by this war crisis. To the people it is not a new and unknown system of medicine. It has spread through the length and breadth of this vast country, it has penetrated every hamlet of this province and its beneficent effects are greatly appreciated and valued by the rich and the poor alike.
We have no hesitation to acknowledge that Homoeopathy has no indiscreet surgery, it has no meddlesome midwifery, it has no muddling pathology; but judicious surgery it has plenty and to spare, it has judicious midwifery in loyal cooperation with dame nature, it has very much deeper and more detailed pathology sine slavish dependence on such laboratory searching as simulate certain hobbies of the inmates of a lunatic asylum.
And with all its deficit of grandiosity and jazz Homoeopathy has established itself on a foundation of public confidence and support which no blast of opposition can shake.
We challenge the Ministry to take at once a plebiscite, if necessary, and on its result to throw out the published Faculty or to implement it without delay. That is a reasonable clencher.
Piteous cry of men, women and children for medical and sanitary help is rending the sky, and no fiddle should now play to the tune of mighty fashion or of red-tapism.