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Sep 2015|Volume 12|Issue 9
Sep 2015|Vol 12|Issue 9

Kerala government forms separate department for AYUSH

          KERALA. AUG.5: After Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, Kerala becomes the third state in the country to have separate department for AYUSH systems. Mirroring the central model, the government of Kerala has formed a separate department for AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) with a view to promote the use of Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM) and to implement various projects under Union government’s AYUSH programmes. Along with the inauguration of the new department, foundation stone was laid down for the head quarters building of the department. It will help the state to avail more funds through Central government schemes to implement various centrally sponsored projects.

       While delivering the inaugural address, the state chief minister, Oommen Chandi said the government will provide enough financial support for the development of the department. He said the creation of the AYUSH department will help largely for the growth of traditional medicines in Kerala. The main objectives of the department include strengthening methods of treatment under ISM, develop standards of AYUSH education by modernising hospitals and other healthcare institutions, develop infrastructure facilities, push up research activities in the sector, promote educational programmes under Indian systems of medicine, adopt measures to improve the quality of drugs and to increase the availability of raw drugs and medicinal plants.

       Speaking at the ceremony, health minister, Shri.V. S. Sivakumar said government is planning to implement various schemes and programmes under AYUSH such as ‘AYUSH Gramam’, ‘AYUSH Holistic Centre’, ‘AYUSH Tribal Medical Centre’ and ‘Yoga Hall in AYUSH Health Centres’. These projects will be implemented in village level, district level and in selected tribal colonies. He further said, a separate department for drugs control administration for AYUSH will be formed soon. A health policy on AYUSH is also in the pipeline, the minister said.