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Major plans announced to boost AYUSH initiatives in NE

Ayush Sonowal

DIMAPUR, AUGUST 28: In a major boost to promote traditional medicinal practices in the Northeast, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and AYUSH, Sarbananda Sonowal today announced a slew of major initiatives planned to boost the traditional medicinal practices in the Northeastern states of India at the conference held at Guwahati.

The Union Minister announced that as many as 1000 new Health & Wellness Centres (HWC), as part of the National Ayush Mission (NAM) Scheme, will be opened in NE States for growth and development of Ayush systems. The aim of these centres is to provide a holistic wellness model based on principles of Ayush systems of medicine. A total of 12,500 HWC are to be operationalised in the country. To boost the popularity of traditional medicines provided by Ayush, the Minister announced setting up of 100 Ayush dispensaries under NAM in the Northeast region.
In order to boost the education and training of Ayush medicinal experts, financial provision of Rs 70 crore, under NAM support, is to be provided for establishment of a new Ayurvedic College at Dudhnoi in Goalpara, announced the Union Minister while addressing the media. The Ministry of Ayush has decided to upgrade the Government Ayurvedic College in Guwahati and develop it as a Centre of Excellence. A sum of Rs 10 crore as financial grant is to be provided in this regard. All Northeast States were requested to put up specific proposal to the Ministry to set up new Ayush educational institutions, a PIB release stated.
A facilitation Centre for Semi Processing of raw material would be opened up in NE, besides a Regional Raw Drug Repository (RRDR) is envisaged to be set up in NE States in collaboration with National Institute of Bio-resources and sustainable development in Imphal, Manipur, under Department of Bio-Technology. This is under National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of Ayush, which is implementing Central Sector Scheme on Conservation, Development and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants. This Scheme has provision to support joint forest management committees (JFMCs) for value addition, drying, warehousing and augmenting marketing infrastructure.
The release further stated that the Ayush medical facilities under Northeastern State Governments, Central Government and teaching hospitals in Ayush Colleges will be brought under AHMIS so as to develop digital data base of Ayush interventions in various disease management. The Ayush-Health Management Information System (AHMIS) is a comprehensive IT platform to effectively manage all function of health care delivery systems and patient care in Ayush facilities. It is developed with an aim to improve patient care, work efficiency, effective management and scientific documentation and research of Ayush.

The conference of AYUSH and Health Ministers of Northeastern States to promote Ayush systems was graced by Chief Ministers of Assam, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, as Chief Guest. Union Minister of State for AYUSH and Women & Child Development, Dr Munjpara Mahendrabhai Kalubhai, Health Ministers of Assam, Nagaland and Sikkim along with senior officials of Northeastern states as well as industry leaders were present at this conference.
(Page News Service)