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Sarba inaugurates Regional Review meeting of the National Ayush Mission

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CHENNAI, Sept 5: The Regional Review meeting of National Ayush Mission was ceremonially
inaugurated by the union minister of ports, shipping & waterways and ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal
along with the Union minister of State for Ayush & Women and Child Development, Munjpara
Mahendrabhai Kalubhai; minister of health & family welfare, Govt of Tamil Nadu, Thiru Ma
Subramanian; minister of health & family welfare, Govt of Karnataka, Dinesh Gundu Rao; secretary,
ministry of ayush, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha among other senior officials from governments of Andhra
Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala & Tamil Nadu, UT of Puducherry, UT of Lakshadweep and
Ministry of Ayush, Govt of India.
During the meeting, all the participating states & union territories presented detailed presentations
on the state of Ayush and progress of leading Ayush programmes under implementation.
Speaking on the occasion, the union minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sonowal
said, “Today, we had a very fruitful discussion on Ayush and how the traditional system of medicine
can be promoted further towards realising a Swastha Bharat – the vision of Prime Minister Shri
Narendra Modi. Our rich heritage and potential of traditional form of medicine has withstood the
test of time in generations of humanity to live a better, healthier and happier life. We must take full
advantage of this generous forms of medicine – be it Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, Yoga, Naturopathy,
Sowa Rigpa, or Homoeopathy. Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
ji, we have been working towards scientifically integrate traditional forms of medicine with the
modern medicine. This will not only help people heal from ailments but also empower to stay
healthy to enjoy a better quality of lives. Modi ji has not only encouraged the use of traditional
medicine in India but has also led a global movement to invest, innovate and integrate traditional
medicine with modern medicine to develop a holistic line of healthcare solutions. In this spirit, I
would like to call all the southern states to explore the possibility of setting up an Integrated Ayush
Department in all its leading state hospitals, in line with the setting up of similar departments in all
19 AIIMS, under the guidance of Modi ji. We must do everything possible to invest, innovate, &
integrate traditional system of medicine for enhancing the quality of life of the people.”
Highlighting the utility of Ayush system of medicine, the union minister further said, “Ayush has
some robust programmes like Ayurvidya for promotion of healthy lifestyle through Ayush for school
children; Supraja: Ayush for Maternal & Neonatal intervention; Vayomitra which is Ayush based
geriatric programme; Prevention and management of Osteoarthritis and other Musculoskeletal
disorders, Ayush Mobile Medical units etc. will strengthen the Ayush systems. Our beautiful state of
Tamil Nadu with its rich heritage also contributes strongly to the ever growing popularity of Ayush
through Siddha. We believe Siddha has more to offer to make humanity healthier and happier. We
must work towards promotion of Siddha, not just in & around the periphery of Tamil Nadu but
whole of India so that more and more people can avail the wonderful benefits of Siddha to lead a
better, healthier and happier life.”
The Union Cabinet has approved for operationalised of 12,500 Ayush Health and Wellness Centres
(AHWCs) by the Ministry of Ayush through State/UT Governments as a component of NAM by the
year 2023-24. The main objectives are to establish holistic wellness model based on Ayush principles
and practices, to empower masses for “self- care” to reduce the disease burden, out of pocket
expenditure and to provide informed choice to the needy public. Ministry of Ayush has so far
released Rs 719.70 crores to southern states/UTs (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep,
Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Telangana) under NAM since 2014-15. Ministry has also supported 17
Integrated Ayush hospitals in Southern States and out of that 06 are operational as reported by

them. Out of 12,500 AHWCs, Ministry has already supported 2181 AHWCs in Southern States/UTs
and out of that 1518 are reported functional by the them. Speaking on the occasion, Union minister
of State for Ayush and Women & Child Development, Mahendrabhai Munjapara said, “I believe we
have to emphasize outcomes as a more meaningful measure of programme value than output. We
may have to realign our strategies and techniques to plan, execute and report our performance that
facilitates measure of outcomes. I am confident that discussions today will give us an opportunity to
learn from each other best practices and building a strong bonding among all of us. With the active
participation of States, it is expected to ensure better access to Ayush healthcare services, better
availability of medicines & trained manpower, improvement in Ayush education through a well-
equipped and added number of Ayush Educational Institutions, reduction in communicable/non-
communicable diseases through targeted Public Health Programmes using the strengths of Ayush
systems of medicine.”
Till 2022-23, 315 Ayush Hospitals and 5,023 Ayush dispensaries have been supported for Up-
gradation of infrastructure and other facilities. Financial Assistance has also been provided for 13
New Ayush Educational Institutions and 77 Under-Graduate and 35 Postgraduate Ayush Educational
Institutes have been supported for upgradation of infrastructure, Library and other things. Under
NAM, the ministry is providing support to the States/UTs including Southern States/UTs for Co-
location of Ayush facilities in Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and
District Hospitals (DHs), setting up of Integrated Ayush hospitals, new Ayush Dispensaries,
operationalisation of Ayush Health & Wellness Centres by upgrading the existing Ayush Dispensaries
and Sub-Centres, upgradation of UG & PG Ayush Education Institutes, so that the people may be
able to avail the services from more Ayush healthcare facilities.

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