Government has rolled out 10 Ayush health and wellness centres (Ayush HWCs) in Haryana. This is in line with Union Ayush Ministry mandate to set up 12,500 Ayush HWCs in the country in the next three years. Out of which 4,000 will be setting up this year.
During the launch Prime Minister Modi stressed on the need to create a homogenous system in the form of “Ayush grid” on the lines of one nation, one tax and one nation, one mobility card.
At present, 40,000 Ayush centres are operational in various states. The government aims at upgrading some of these centres into full-fledged AHWCs where all Ayush services will be provided.
In order to provide comprehensive primary healthcare, Ayush components have been integrated in health and wellness centres under Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPS).
These centres will be complementing the National Health Policy (NHP), 2017 that insisted upon integration and mainstreaming of Ayush services in conventional health care delivery system. It would be a historic beginning in mainstreaming of holistic, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative Ayush care for achieving comprehensive health care.
The main focus of these Ayush HWCs would be empowering the community for ‘self care’ by imbibing Ayush based healthy food and lifestyle, social behaviour and use of medicinal plants for primary health care.
The provisions will also be made for diagnostics and medicines for a wide range of health problems. These services will be in addition to the currently on going National Health Programmes.
PM Modi also released 12 commemorative postal stamps to honour eminent scholars, practitioners and great master healers of Ayush systems. These commemorative postal stamps highlight the great work and acknowledge the achievements of the great master healers of Ayush systems.
Financial support is currently being extended to all states under the National Ayush Mission (NAM) initiative for strengthening infrastructure and manpower in Ayush institutions.
As part of the Rs. 20,000 crore AB-NHPS, 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres were proposed to be set up in a phased manner to provide comprehensive primary health care.
The funding will be shared by the respective states and the Central government, with the Centre providing 60 per cent of the cost. The government has now directed the Ayush ministry to run around 10 per cent of these centres.
The proposed new AHWCs will have an examination room, yoga hall, diagnostics and medicine dispensation room, tele-health facilities, labour room and herbal garden.
Of late, the Ayush sector has been the target of expansion by the Centre to boost public healthcare efforts. The new initiatives to promote this sector have reportedly resulted in a fifty per cent increase in patients seeking alternative and traditional medical treatments.
The 2019 Union Budget has allocated Rs. 2,254.76 crore for the Ayush ministry for the upcoming fiscal year.
Earlier this year, the ministry also unveiled the e-Aushadhi portal for online licensing of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy medications to increase transparency and accountability.
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