Modi inaugurates first All India Institute of Ayurveda

Understanding this requirement, the government is focusing on the integration of Ayurveda, Yoga and other public healthcare systems of AYUSH systems. "AYUSH ministry is working in this direction", he added. He said his government's main focus was on preventive healthcare and providing affordable and easily accessible health care to the poor, and Ayush can take a lead in this drive.

The AIIA's outpatient department (OPD) facility started functioning a few months ago and deals with neurological and degenerative diseases, rheumatology and musculoskeletal conditions, diabetes and metabolic disorders, allergic disorders, yoga, panchakarma, kriyakalpa, diabetic retinopathy and infertility among other conditions. It started post-graduate programme (MD/MS) in Ayurveda from the academic session 2016-17 and the PhD courses have commenced for the session 2017-18.

'Ayush integrated into the public health care system will not be a decision just confined to files, but will be a practical reality, ' he said, and underlined that 'Ayush is not just a system of medicine but it brings in its ambit social, public and environmental health'.

"It is critical for Ayurveda's expansion that there is a hospital linked with it in every district which offers quality healthcare services, " the Prime Minister said. Addressing an "Ayurveda Conclave" in New Delhi, Naik said, "Ayurveda is witnessing a resurgence in India and around the globe". Aiming for better standardisation, the ministry on Tuesday released a standard guideline on the Ayurvedic treatments and the second guideline on Ayurvedic terminologies.

The International Journal of Ayurvedic Medicine puts in an article, "India's share in the export of herbals is 2.5 pc of the total global herbal market".

"The farming of medicinal plants will give new employment opportunities", said PM Modi.

India and China are the largest producers of more than 70 pc of the global diversity.

The Centre in its advisory said that all states are encouraged to initiate similar local initiatives and good practices that associate a sense of dignity and pride among the households with having and using toilets.

  • Jon Douglas