12500 health and wellness centres to have AYUSH services

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Shripad Naik

AYUSH minister Shripad Naik made the announcement about health and wellness centres in the fourth conference of AYUSH ministers

The fourth Conference of AYUSH/Health Ministers of States/UTs was inaugurated by minister of state for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Yesso Naik in New Delhi.

In his inaugural address, the AYUSH Minister said that States and Union Territories are important partners in the promotion of traditional systems of medicine to all mankind. Naik said that public health delivery system has been of highest priority. “We look forward to an effective integration in the National progress related to health. Financial support is being extended to all States and Union Territories under National AYUSH Mission (NAM) Scheme for up gradation of infrastructure and manpower in the AYUSH institutions. 12500 health and wellness centres need to be identified across the country for rendering AYUSH services to the people at grass-root level with special reference to preventive health care.”

The day long conference was organized by the Ministry of AYUSH to provide an opportunity to States/UT to interact with each other for the development of AYUSH sector. The conference was attended by AYUSH/Health Ministers/Secretaries and officials from 29 States/UTs; senior officials of AYUSH Ministry and representatives of AYUSH organizations.

The AYUSH Minister further said that Research Councils under Ministry of AYUSH are conducting National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS) in states. NPCDCS programme is being conducted in three states, namely Surendranagar Distt., Gujarat; Bhilwara Distt., Rajasthan and in Gaya, Bihar. Similarly,

Rajiv Kumar Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog said that AYUSH deserves equal recognition and patronage as is enjoyed by the modern system of medicine. He said that the holistic nature of AYUSH systems need to be recognized nurtured and proliferated in the interest of the health of the mankind. Kumar talked about the need to emphasise the role of regulatory bodies in maintaining the quality and standards of AYUSH systems.