Panel on ‘Promoting holistic health’ recommends National Holistic Ayush Health Programmes for NCDs, geriatrics
Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai
The Union Ayush Ministry’s Expert Committee set up ‘to evolve a holistic medical system’ in the country has recommended to the government that National Holistic Ayush Health Programmes for NCDs, geriatrics, maternal & child health should be formulated and implemented by National Ayush Mission.
The committee, headed by Dr H R Nagandra, has also recommended to the government to plan a holistic health programme taking help of different systems of medicine.
The ministry set up the committee to review the current status of the traditional system of medicine; plan a holistic health programme taking help of all systems of medicine; suggest appropriate training/orientation course; and to consider any other items essential to promoting holistic health in the country.
In its report, submitted to the ministry recently, the committee recommended that a short-term Ayush familiarisation course with an appropriate manual should be prepared for introduction into all medical colleges to provide a firm foundation for integration.
The panel further recommended that the government should support the setting up of a•‘Friends of Ayush Society” in New Delhi on the lines of FICCI, CII, Assocham, India International Centre and Habitat with land and building allocation and seed money.
Ayush should be accorded Heritage System status, and the government of India should seek United Nations recognition for Ayush. To encourage the Ayush sector to grow, ‘Ayush Chairs’ should be promoted in top international universities such as Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, UCLA, University of Texas, University of London, etc. More WHO collaborative centres could be established in India related to different sectors of Ayush and an Ayush office should be established in Geneva for liaison with WHO, the committee recommended to the government.