Ayush is the new buzzword in nation’s health sector. The Government has decided to take Ayush to the primary health centres (PHCs) level across the country. Addressing National Conference on Mainstreaming Ayush: Cultural Heritage for Healing, Minister for Ayush, Shripad Yesso Nayak said that the Ministry has asked the finance ministry to hike the budgetary allocation for propagation and promotion of AYUSH to an extent of Rs.2,700 crore for fiscal 2015-16 from present level of Rs.400 crores. The Minister also stressed the need for an independent drug controller for the AYUSH separate from the drug controller of modern medicine.
“Recruitment rules are being finalized for the new drug controller and cabinet note being finalized for new regulations of AYUSH products under the new AYUSH health policy which would be unveiled very shortly”, Mr. Naik said. He emphasized that there are 151 PG colleges accommodating 27000 students of Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Unani across country generating a lot of practitioners every year.
The fresh standards are also being worked out to ensure that quality AYUSH products are made as per new policy prescription so that such products are well tested for their authenticity, credibility and quality.
In his welcome remarks, Senior Vice President PHD Chamber Mr. Mahesh Gupta urged the government to enhance the yearly allocation for AYUSH to an extent of 20% of the total health budget allocations so that money generated is utilized for the expansion, diversification and broad basing AYUSH.
Chairman, AYUSH Committee of PHD Chamber Mr. Pradeep Multani discussed several issues faced by the Industry including Issues related to COPP – Certificate of Pharmaceutical Products, Skill Development and Training for AYUSH Students, increase in AYUSH budgets, request for a system where export of AYUSH raw materials in not hindered by Forest Department officials of various States, Financial Support for establishment & Upgrade Drug Testing Laboratories. Subsidised Testing fees for micro and small AYUSH Industry members to name a few.
Mr. JLN Sastry, Head –Healthcare Research , Dabur emphasized that healing of patients within cultural norms is not only a cure to the patient, but also acts preventive healthcare practices.
Dr. Sanjeev K Chodhury Managing Director, SRL Pvt Ltd said that though number of patients relying on Allopathic treatment are more that those of Ayurvedic treatment yet there is a lot of scope for Ayush healthcare as preventive cure system.