Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 23:
The Odisha government has decided to set up Panchakarma ayurvedic treatment centres at the district level.
The first two of such centres would be set up at the district headquarters Hospitals (DHHs) in Kendrapara and Baleswar.
Sources in the Health department said Rs 35 lakh has been sanctioned for opening of the Panchakarma ayurvedic treatment centre at Kendrapara DHH and Rs 10 lakh for Baleswar DHH.
Though a two-member team has submitted its feasibility report, Panchakarma therapy is yet to start in these two DHHs, reports said.
According to Asit Mohanty, advisor of Odisha AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy), construction of a new building for Panchakarma treatment centre is underway at the Kendrapara DHH. However, due to delay in financial sanction and construction of the new building, the centre has not been opened till date.
“The state government has appointed an AYUSH doctor, a male and female masseur for the centre. There would be no new building for the centre in Baleswar DHH as it has been decided to renovate the existing DHH building. We have not received complete report on Baleswar. However, after setting up Panchakarma treatment centres in these two DHHs, we will submit a proposal to the state government for opening of such centres in the remaining DHHs in the state,” Mohanty informed.
Admitting the shortage of specialist doctors for Panchakarma treatment, Mohanty said the AYUSH doctors appointed in Kendrapara and Baleswar DHHs would be trained after which steps would be taken for creation of special posts for Panchakarma doctors.
“It has been decided to open the Panchakarma treatment centre at Kendrapara DHH on August 15. The AYUSH doctors appointed in the centre would undergo training at the Gopabandhu Ayurvedic College in Puri,” said Basudev Bahinipati, director, AYUSH.