Bangalore, December 2, 2009: Soukya Foundation Charitable Trust announced that it has signed a MoU with National Institute of Homoeopathy (NIH), an autonomous institution under the Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, to support Centre of Excellence in Homeopathy for Respiratory Diseases. The first such centre in South India, it will work on preventing and treating respiratory diseases through homeopathy. To be based in Bangalore at SAHAYA premises in Jayanagar I block, the centre is founded by Soukya Foundation and is being funded by Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India. It will cater to the needs of patients from all strata of society and will provide free consultation and medicine to poor patients. Dr. Eswar Das, Director, NIH signed the MoU with Dr. Isaac Mathai, Medical Director and Managing Trustee of Soukya Foundation, and Dr. Sudha, Chief Physician, SAHAYA in the presence of Mrs. Jalaja I A S, Secretary, Department of AYUSH and Mr. Anand, IAS Joint Secretary, Department of AYUSH.

Commenting on the MoU, Dr. Isaac Mathai, Medical Director and Managing Trustee of Soukya Foundation, said, “It is well proven that for many respiratory diseases the system of homeopathy has a proven answer and with the setting up of this centre Bangaloreans will have access to a high quality world-class facility for the same. It must also be noted here that Bangalore with its climate is epicenter of allergies and this facility will go a long way in addressing the issues currently faced by citizens. Being the first in South India, our doors will be open to patients from across the states in and around and from all walks of the society. Also, the work by the center will be rigorously documented and will form the basis for further research to improve the efficacy of homeopathic medicines for asthma and allergies. Am grateful to the Department of AYUSH and NIH for choosing Soukya and moving it forward with a MoU.”

Speaking on the partnership, Dr. Eswar Das, Director of NIH, said, “The partnership and the new centre which will be the first in South India would increase the outreach of this traditional form of medicine to people suffering from respiratory problems of various hues. We chose Soukya because of the leadership of Dr. Mathai who is a world renowned expert in this area and the kind of infrastructure they have in Bangalore besides their keenness to further advancement of research in this area. We look forward to this partnership growing from strength to strength.”

About NIH: Established in December 1975 in Kolkata, NIH is an Autonomous Organization under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Affiliated to the West Bengal University of Health Sciences, it presently conducts the degree course in Homoeopathy viz Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery [B.H.M.S.] and Post - Graduate course i.e. Doctor of Medicine in Homoeopathy [M.D.(Hom.)] in three subjects viz Organon of Medicine, Repertory and Materia Medica. Headed by the Director, the institute is managed by a Governing Body constituted by the Dept. of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India. The financial matters are supervised by the Standing Finance Committee, constituted by the Govt. of India.

About Soukya Foundation: Soukya Foundation Charitable Trust has been in the field of patient care for over a decade. It is founded by Dr. Issac Mathai and his wife, Mrs. Suja Issac. The trust runs various charitable clinics in different parts of Bangalore and in free clinics in various schools for slum children. It has adopted 7 villages for providing free health care and community services. The clinics give free treatment to the poor.

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