ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Health : Reviving an Old Idea

Reviving an Old Idea To the uninitiated it must come as a surprise that the government is only now, after half a century of independence, working on a plan to involve the vast numbers of traditional medicine practitioners and their well-entrenched infrastructure in the public health system. While it may be too harsh a comment that the colonial grid in which the entire growth of the health infrastructure has taken place so far is finally giving way, it is a fact that at various points attempts to integrate indigenous systems into the state health infrastructure have been derailed. Often there has been a deliberate attempt to relegate such efforts to the sidelines; more frequently, the attempts have failed because they have not been based on realities, nor had proper ground been prepared for such change. One of the earliest such



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