Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik said every primary health centres (PHCs) in the country will have a doctor from alternative medicine systems besides an allopathy practitioner. Naik said doctors either from Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Unani and Siddha streams will be placed at the government-run PHCs.
“Right now, the primary health centres have doctors only from Allopathy stream but now there will be a doctor either from Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha or Homeopathy,”.
“We have a quota of setting up 1.12 lakh AYUSH wellness centres across the country under this scheme. In the first phase, we will set up 2500 centres,” he said. Naik said his ministry was also in the process of setting up 150 AYUSH hospitals, for which the Centre will provide funds. “We have to create AYUSH infrastructure so that people know about its benefits. We cannot convince people to go for these medicines till we introduce them at their doorsteps,” he said.