AYUSH Ministry records more than 3.5 lakh practitioners of Homopaethy, Unani, Siddha and Naturopathy in the country
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 12-Aug-2017
New Delhi, August 12: The AYUSH Ministry was first formed on 9th November 2014 soon after PM Narendra Modi sweeped the general elections and came into power. In the span of just 3 years, the total number of registered practitioners of Homoeopathic, Unani, Siddha and Naturopathy is more than 3.5 lakh. And the total number of AYUSH hospitals is 3,639 while dispensaries are 26,405. 

 
Public Health being a state subject, the primary responsibility to provide health care services lies with the respective state/UT Governments. However, Government of India through the centrally sponsored scheme of National AYUSH Mission (NAM) has taken steps to bring AYUSH medical services in the mainstream through the following activities: 
(i)Co-location of AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centers (PHCs), Community Health Centers (CHCs) and district hospitals. 
(ii)Up gradation of exclusive state government AYUSH Hospitals and Dispensaries. 
(iii)Setting up of up to 50 bedded integrated AYUSH hospital. 
(iv)Upgradation of state government educational institutions. 
(v)Setting up of new state government AYUSH educational institutions including Yoga and Naturopathy in the state where it is not available. 
(vi)Strengthening of state government/ Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy (ASU&H) Pharmacies and Drug Testing Laboratories (DTL). 
(vii)Cultivation and promotion of medicinal plants. 
National AYUSH Mission (NAM) has provision for setting up of up to 50 bedded integrated AYUSH hospital including Naturopathy in all the states including J&K and Jharkhand. However, states may avail eligible financial assistance by projecting the same through State Annual Action Plan (SAAP) as per NAM guidelines. 
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