Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 13:
The National Ayush Mission (NAM), aimed at addressing gaps in health services in vulnerable and remote areas, will be launched in Odisha on June 21 six months behind schedule.
The programme would be launched by state Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak at Kalinga Stadium here on the occasion of International Yoga Day on June 21.
The government is primarily focussing on four components of AYUSH, an acronym for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy. They are: strengthening Ayurvedic and Homoeopathic medical colleges and hospitals and other institutions in the state to provide services to people at the grassroots level, improving the infrastructure and providing quality services to patients, enhancing the quality of education in three ayurvedic and four homoeopathy colleges in the state and recruitment of AYUSH doctors through Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC), State AYUSH, Director, Basudev Bahinipati said.
Notably, the hospitals are facing several difficulties in preparation of ayurvedic and homoeopathy medicines due to non-availability of raw materials. Due to this, the government is procuring medicines from outside the state.
“We are laying emphasis on preparation of medicines at our facilities through timely procurement of raw materials. Besides, we have sought assistance from the horticulture department to grow medicinal plants,” he said.
Notably, the AYUSH department has medicinal plant gardens at Harishankar and Mayurbhanj. The horticulture department has been asked to develop these gardens so that it would meet the requirement of the raw material.
Under NAM, the state government is contemplating to set up an AYUSH village in every block where health services would be provided to the people. For this, people would be trained at the panchayat level.
The mission envisages popularising the traditional Indian medicine system and simultaneously easing the burden on mainstream healthcare system prevalent in the country.