Strengthening Ayush Programs for a Healthier Tomorrow
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In a significant move towards promoting holistic wellness and the integration of traditional medicine with modern healthcare, the Regional Review meeting of the National Ayush Mission was ceremonially inaugurated by the Union Minister of Ayush and Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, alongside esteemed dignitaries. This meeting saw the participation of senior officials from various states and union territories, including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, and the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India.
Unveiling the Potential of Ayush Systems
Addressing the gathering, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal emphasized the invaluable contribution of traditional forms of medicine in enhancing the quality of life. He underscored the need to leverage these age-old practices, including Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, Yoga, Naturopathy, Sowa Rigpa, and Homoeopathy, for the betterment of humanity. These systems, deeply rooted in our rich heritage, have endured the test of time, offering a path to a healthier and happier life.
Ayush Initiatives for a Brighter Future
Shri Sonowal shed light on several robust Ayush programs aimed at promoting health and well-being:
1. Ayurvidya: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
- Targeting school children, Ayurvidya encourages the adoption of a healthy lifestyle through Ayush practices.
- The program seeks to instill the values of holistic well-being from a young age.
2. Supraja: Maternal & Neonatal Intervention
- Supraja focuses on the health of mothers and newborns, blending Ayush principles with modern healthcare for maternal and neonatal care.
- It aims to ensure a healthier start for the newest members of our society.
3. Vayomitra: Geriatric Wellness
- Vayomitra is an Ayush-based geriatric program designed to cater to the specific healthcare needs of the elderly.
- It addresses age-related health issues, promoting the well-being of senior citizens.
4. Musculoskeletal Health
- Efforts are underway to prevent and manage osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders using Ayush methodologies.
- These initiatives aim to provide relief to those suffering from such conditions.
Holistic Wellness Centers and Beyond
The Ministry of Ayush is dedicated to establishing 12,500 Ayush Health and Wellness Centers (AHWCs) with the support of state and union territory governments under the National Ayush Mission by 2023-24. These centers will serve as hubs for holistic wellness based on Ayush principles, empowering individuals with the knowledge and means for self-care. This approach is expected to reduce the disease burden and out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
As of now, the Ministry has released significant funding to southern states and union territories, supporting the establishment of AHWCs and integrated Ayush hospitals. The numbers speak for themselves, with numerous functional centers already benefiting the public.
Emphasizing Outcomes for Greater Impact
Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai, Union Minister of State for Ayush & Women and Child Development, stressed the importance of focusing on outcomes as a measure of program value. He suggested realigning strategies and techniques to better plan, execute, and report performance, thereby facilitating the assessment of outcomes.
Expanding Access to Ayush Healthcare
Over the years, substantial support has been provided for the up-gradation of Ayush hospitals and dispensaries, the establishment of new educational institutions, and the enhancement of infrastructure. This concerted effort aims to ensure that Ayush healthcare services are readily accessible to the masses.
A Bright Future with Ayush
The National Ayush Mission stands as a testament to India’s commitment to providing holistic healthcare options to its citizens. Through a blend of tradition and modernity, these initiatives pave the way for a healthier and more vibrant nation. More than 8.42 crores of people have already benefited from Ayush systems of medicine through AHWCs in 2022, marking a significant step towards a healthier tomorrow.
Source: Press Information Bureau