health minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, an ENT surgeon
by profession spoke to Teena Thacker on the ‘health
for all’ policy and how he intends to improve
deteriorating health services in the country.
He says “I am all for promoting AYUSH in
a big way which has not been done in the past”.
In the next couple of years we want to convert
many district hospitals into medical colleges.
This entails improving facilities, getting more
manpower. I also feel that doctors of Homeopathy
are underutilized. They have to be given some
sort of training so that they can be utilized
at the healthcare centers. They have to play a
bigger role in the system. I am all for promoting
AYUSH in a big way.
the fact that I am a doctor of modern medicine,
I feel that Unani, yoga, naturopathy and ayurveda
have an inherent power to deal with many illnesses.
These indigenous, traditional systems are complete
systems. So much so that the Khalifa of Baghdad
got this knowledge translated into Arabic. Even
the modern system of medicine has evolved out
of that knowledge. This is precious and we need
to use it in a big way.
to try and get rid of the bottlenecks so that
there is an integration of all the system of medicine
because no single system is capable of treating
all illnesses. I would not like to compromise
on the quality of medical education, but I would
certainly like to encourage doctors of AYUSH.
They are qualified, have done four-and-a-half
year long courses. We just have to train them
a little bit. I too feel that doctors must spend
some time in rural areas. Normally this is a part
of their internship, but to solve the problem
of shortage of doctors, both doctors and medical
institutes have to take a broader approach. Of
course they have their own problems, and those
need to be resolved, but they have to pay back
to the society. I will soon have the modalities