Give equal weightage to AYUSH, modern drugs: Shripad Yesso Naik to states

ayushUnion Minister Shripad Yesso Naik on asked all states to give equal weightage to AYUSH health services and modern drugs and promote rational use of traditional medicines.

Addressing a meeting with state AYUSH/health ministers and secretaries, the Union MoS (Independent Charge) for AYUSH said, “I appeal to all state governments to consider the WHO advisory on priority basis. This would involve giving equal weightage to AYUSH health services and modern medicine.”

“It is also necessary to effectively integrate AYUSH systems into National Health Care Delivery to achieve a balance between the conventional and the traditional practices. This cannot be achieved unless legal provisions are made by the states,” he said.

Naik asked the states to make necessary amendments in their respective Acts dealing with this issue so that AYUSH healthcare systems can be used in case of medical emergencies.

“It is heartening that some of states like Maharashtra, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have made such amendments in their State Medical Practitioner Acts. I would request all the other state governments do the same,” he said.

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