The Kerala AYUSH Health Policy 2016 aims to position Kerala as a visible global brand in AYUSH and establish AYUSH system of medicines as preferred choice of treatment in primary health care. Strategic framework and thrust areas have been identified with a view of meeting the objectives of the policy.
The policy lays emphasis on improving the AYUSH services by upgrading and developing the infrastructure facilities such as hospitals, specialty hospitals and dispensaries. It also stresses on strengthening the existing public health care programmes and exploring the possibility of starting new programmes based on the strength of each systems of AYUSH.
The policy has covered the framework for improving the AYUSH education by setting up of medical colleges and research institute. It also lays emphasis on improving the cultivation of medicinal plants and uninterrupted supply of quality raw materials and medicines.
The policy has covered on the provisions of necessary financial assistance for setting up of AYUSH infrastructure facilities. Necessary steps were identified to strengthen the institutional capacity and enforcement mechanism in AYUSH system.