Should be Ayurveda hospital in every district, says PM Modi

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AYUSH ministry is working towards ensuring that there is an Ayurveda hospital in every district, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday on the occasion of 2nd Ayurveda Day. 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, which will function under the ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy or AYUSH, aims to offer quality patient care and become a research hub in generating scientific information about quality, safety, and efficacy of ayurvedic products. "In three years, more than 65 Ayurveda hospitals have been built", he said.

"A country may want to develop as far as possible, but it can not progress until it learns to be proud of its history and legacy", PM Modi said. He urged the government to make it possible for qualified physicians to practice exclusive Ayurveda and health insurance providers to include Ayurveda in their package.

The Ministry of AYUSH has requested all the state governments, Ayurveda teaching institutions, associations of Ayurveda practitioners and Ayurveda drug industries among others in India and overseas to observe "Ayurveda Day" on October 17 and undertake various activities like organising public lectures, seminars, exhibition and radio talks.

The Indian prime minister also said that a nation could not progress unless its people were proud of its history.

He said there's a long list of benefits of ayurveda and added that people are showing interest in traditional medicines.

"Yoga has spread across the world.the AYUSH ministry has done a good job", said PM Modi. At present, the AIIA caters to about 700 patients daily, but the numbers are expected to double in the near future.

The AIIA, Modi said, would work in collaboration with the AIIMS, Indian Council of Medical Research and other global organisations and hoped that the new institute would turn into a main centre of inter-disciplinary and integrative health practices.

The new institute will have facilities such as pathology, biochemistry, microbiology and radiology laboratories with improved diagnosis facilities.

The Prime Minister suggested a relook at the existing Ayurveda syllabus and underlined the requirement for standard guidelines and treatment in the medicine system so it is not overpowered by allopathy. The farming of medicinal plants will give new employment opportunities.

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