AYUSH doctors will also be posted in these centres along with their allopathic counterparts.
A National Eligibility Test (NET) for AYUSH teachers /research fellows/ young post-graduates
NEW DELHI: India has mooted a proposal for universal coverage of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) under the country’s flagship National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
The move will be a major push for the country’s traditional medicine, which will not only be made available in all public health facilities — primary and community health centers and district hospitals under the 12th five year plan — AYUSH doctors will also be posted in these centres along with their allopathic counterparts.
So far, only 24.6% of the public health facilities have availed central assistance for AYUSH medicines and 8.7% PHCs, 5.8% CHCs and 13.9% district hospitals used the centrally-sponsored scheme for setting up the infrastructure required for co-location of AYUSH facilities.
The department of AYUSH is also looking at putting together a composite National Essential Drug List containing both allopathic and AYUSH drugs. Clinical management protocols or a “joint behaviour change plan” incorporating AYUSH-based lifestyle guidelines for adolescent health, geriatric care, mental health, non-communicable diseases, anemia and nutrition are also being developed. “Standardization of classical formulations, AYUSH therapies and yoga practices to be given due focus,” the steering committee on AYUSH said.
Plans are also afoot to establish a permanent national museum to showcase India’s rich medical heritage. T
The steering committee has called for the introduction of a National Eligibility Test (NET) for AYUSH teachers /research fellows/ young post-graduates.
“Persons who have qualified NET should be preferred for various research schemes,” said the recommendation.
Experts say the AYUSH system can play a major role in promotive, preventive, rehabilitative and community healthcare as AYUSH medicines play a significant role in developing the immune system and increasing resistance to diseases.