Govt working on opening ayurveda hospital in every district, says Narendra Modi

Aaron Brown
October 18, 2017

He said his government's main focus was on preventive healthcare and providing affordable and easily accessible health care to the poor, and Ayush can take a lead in this drive.

In yet another push to the BJP government's "Clean India" campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the construction of toilets ('izzat ghar') in Uttar Pradesh, which, he hoped, will prevent the dignity of Indian women.

"But in the last three years, the situation has been reversed to a large extent", Modi said. In the days under foreign rule, our hermits, science, yoga, Ayurveda, everything was mocked in a bid to reduce people's trust in them. Adding to his jibes, PM Modi said that those nations who leave their heritage behind are destined to lose their identity. Modelled on the lines of AIIMS, AIIA set up as an apex institute under the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), aims to bring synergy between Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools and technology.

Earlier this year, the Ayush ministry signed an agreement with the World Health Organisation for the promotion of traditional and complementary medicine or systems. Aiming for better standardisation, the ministry on Tuesday released a standard guideline on the Ayurvedic treatments and the second guideline on Ayurvedic terminologies.

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Modi claimed that efforts had been made in the past to destroy "India's strengths" and its traditions such as Yoga and Ayurved were belittled during the "era of slavery". It encompasses social health, public health and environmental health. "Even after Independence these were never a priority", Modi said.

The prime minister said there should be a ayurveda-related hospital in each district of the country, and the government is working on it.

"The farming of medicinal plants will give new employment opportunities", said PM Modi. "It has started working towards facilitating quality patient care and research, bridging gaps in scientific information about quality, safety and efficacy of Ayurveda products, and developing benchmarks of Ayurvedic education, research and healthcare", Naik said.

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