July 12, 2011

Health Ministry ropes in IIM-A to promote AYUSH

The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) is drawing up recommendations for the Union Health Ministry on how can AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) medicines be promoted better in the country. IIM-A has been entrusted with the task by the Department of AYUSH.

IIM-A professor Anil K Gupta said that currently AYUSH makes up barely 0.4 per cent of the total healthcare system in India, so the aim is to integrate AYUSH systems among themselves and also with allopathic medicine.

“AYUSH has not been able to reach people in rural and urban areas. It is an affordable medical system for the rural and urban poor. Even for the affluent it is a preventive system that is greatly useful because it targets lifestyle, food, mental health and overall well-being,” he said.

The recommendations will be finalised after a three-tier set of programmes concludes. At present, the third set of dignitaries, including doctors, researchers and field workers, is attending a five-day programme at the institute.

The first and second set made up of officials, policy-makers and institution heads have been concluded.

Dr C H Raveendar, assistant director-in-charge of the Regional Research Institute (Homoeo) at Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh, said the participants and IIM-A faculty are sharing experiences to find a way to boost the AYUSH systems.

Several research findings have been presented in the course of the programmes and IIM-A faculty have also looked at the management aspects.

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