To promote yoga and naturopathy, the State Government is planning to start AYUSH-based (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) outpatient units in all taluk hospitals in a phased manner. These units will be set up in association with organisations involved in promoting Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM), Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said here on Friday.
He was speaking after inaugurating the second day’s sessions of the five-day International Conference on Yoga, Naturopathy and Arogya Expo 2012 at the Gayathri Vihar on the Palace Grounds.
The Department of AYUSH, in collaboration with the Shantivana Trust of Dharmasthala, had opened outpatient units in 10 taluk-level hospitals in the State on a public-private partnership model. “These units have proved to be useful. We intend to extend this concept to all the districts in a phased manner,” he said.
Medical Education Minister S.A. Ramdas said that to promote AYUSH among the rural masses the government had issued an order to adopt 10 gram panchayats as yoga and naturopathy panchayats. “Each such panchayat will be entitled to a grant of Rs. 1 crore to provide comprehensive healthcare based on AYUSH. Yoga and naturopathy institutes are welcome to partner with the government to implement this initiative,” he said.