Although the country has seven lakh AYUSH practitioners and more than 9,000 manufacturers of AYUSH medicines, the presence of AYUSH infrastructure at the grassroots level (primary health centres) is a mere 4.5 percentage.
Revealing this at the inauguration of AYUSH Arogya Expo – 2015 on Wednesday, organised by the State departments of Health and AYUSH, Union Joint Secretary, AYUSH, Anil Kumar Ganeriwala said the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) had made this observation.
The NSSO, in its consumer expenditure schedule for the 68th annual round of socio-economic surveys, had for the first time taken up a survey on visibility of AYUSH at the grassroots level, he said.
“There are 515 AYUSH colleges and more than 3,000 dispensaries, but our visibility is not up to the mark. We are working on establishing a co-location and a parallel visibility for AYUSH services in primary and community health centre levels,” he said. [Source]