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AYUSH Hospital at Chedema to be upgraded

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KOHIMA, MARCH 2: The only AYUSH Hospital in Nagaland will be upgraded to “Integrated AYUSH Hospital” to cater to the needs of the people.
Union Minister for AYUSH, Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal will inaugurate the “Integrated AYUSH Hospital” at Razhya Chedema, near Kohima. The Union Minister, who is also former Chief Minister of Assam, along with Nagaland Minister for Health & Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom will inaugurate the Integrated AYUSH Hospital on Thursday in presence of top State health officials.
The Integrated AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) at Chedema is likely to be 50-bedded.
A senior Health official here said AYUSH hospital at Chedema will be upgraded.
The Ministry runs multiple healthcare programmes primarily aimed at the rural population. AYUSH is supposed to form an integral backbone of the Ayushman Bharat Yojana and the Ministry had long worked for integrating the different systems of AYUSH with modern medicine, in what has been described as ‘a type of “cross-pathy”‘.
The Ministry had collaborated with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to set up the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) in 2001, on codified traditional knowledge on Indian systems of medicines such as Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Yoga as a means of preventing grant of “bed” patents on traditional knowledge and thus counter biopiracy.
As of March 2015, there are nearly 800,000 AYUSH practitioners, over 90% of who practiced Homeopathy or Ayurveda.
A 2018 study by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) estimated the market share of AYUSH medicines at around US$3 billion and that India exported AYUSH products of a net worth US$401.68 million in the fiscal year 2016-17.
The Department of Pharmaceuticals had allocated a budget of ?1.44bn to the Ministry for 2018-2020 for manufacture of alternative medicines. The average expenditure for drugs on AYUSH and scientific medicine (“Allopathy”) has been found to not vary widely.
(Page News Service)

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