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New Delhi: Government today approved launching of National Ayush Mission (NAM) to address gaps in health services in vulnerable and far-flung areas of the country.
The decision to launch the mission was taken in a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Through the Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (Ayush) mission, the Centre seeks to address gaps in health services by supporting the efforts of state governments for providing Ayush health services and education in the country, particularly in vulnerable and remote areas.
"Under NAM, special focus will be given on specific needs of such areas and for allocation of higher resources in their Annual Plans. The Mission will help improve Ayush education through enhancement in the number of upgraded educational institutions and provide better access to Ayush services through increase in number of Ayush hospitals and dispensaries," an official statement said.
The mission will also help provide sustained availability of quality raw material for Ayush systems of medicine and improve availability of quality drugs through increase in number of pharmacies and drug laboratories.
Mumbai: The Centre has allocated Rs. 5,000 crore for the growth of Department of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) and has launched an independent National AYUSH Mission, which aims at capacity building for the sector.
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH Sripad Yesso Naik, at a function here, said that his Ministry is considering the observation of an `Ayurveda Day` for creating awareness about Ayurveda.
Naik further said that though India and China both use a large number of medicinal plants, traditional Chinese medicines have seen easy acceptance across the globe, while Indian Ayurvedic medicines are yet to gain global acceptance.
He, however, noted that Ayurvedic medicines have seen a 25 percent rise in sales over the past ten years.