Government To Set Up AYUSH Hospitals In All Districts: Shripad Naik

The government will set up Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy(AYUSH) hospitals in all the districts of the country over thenext three-four years, Union Minister Shripad Yesso Naik saidon Sunday.

Over 100 such 50-bed AYUSH hospitals have beencompleted and proposals are coming from state governments andin the next three-four years AYUSH hospitals will come up inall the districts, he said.

‘We have brought out a scheme wherein AYUSH hospitalsbe it Ayurveda…Unani will be set up in every district as perrequirement,’ the Minister of State for AYUSH told reporterson the sidelines of an event here.

Earlier speaking after inaugurating the NationalResearch Institute of Unani Medicine for Skin Disorders, whichwas upgraded from Central Research Institute of Unani Medicinehere, Naik said it was heartening to note the institute hasearned worldwide fame for the successful treatment of Vitiligoand other chronic and stubborn diseases.

‘This is perhaps the only medical institution in theworld which has treated more than 1.5 lakh patients ofVitiligo alone and has developed several drugs for theeffective and safe treatment of this disease,’ he said.

He said the products, practice and practitioners ofAYUSH systems are well regulated in the country.

India has also been able to achieve substantialintegration by co-location of AYUSH facilities along withconventional facilities at Primary Health and Community HealthCentres and district hospitals, he said.

Government has taken many steps including integrationof AYUSH in the health delivery system, Naik said adding ‘ourefforts are focussed to tap the real potential of AYUSHsystems in imparting preventive, promotive and holistichealthcare to the people.’ He further said the government was also providingincreasing patronage and funds for multi-faceted developmentof Unani system of medicine as well as other AYUSH systems ofmedicine.

‘In India, we have a good infrastructure of UnaniSystem of Medicine and presently there are 55 academicinstitutions that impart Unani medical education. Out of them14 are conducting MD programmes,’ Naik said.

The AYUSH systems are meant to enhance the totalhealth of a human being, i,e. social, mental and physicalwellbeing, he said.

‘We understand that targetting only the sick personsand aiming for their medical treatment is not sufficient toattain the goal of complete health. It is easier to preventthe diseases rather than attempting for their cure.

‘Obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases includinghypertension are some of the current health issues faced bythe world. In this scenario, our age-old traditional systemsof medicine stand out as a way of coping with the relentlessrise of chronic, non-communicable diseases,’ he added. – Yahoo News

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