Mainstreaming of AYUSH to address shortage of doctors in rural areas

NEW DELHI: The government is working to bring traditional medicines such as Ayurveda, unani, siddha and homeopathy (AYUSH) into the mainstream and doctors practicing these streams are being engaged to address the shortage of medical practitioners in rural areas.

Minister Shripad Yesso Naik told Rajya Sabha –  the government is trying to train AYUSH doctors to address the shortage of skilled health care personnel in the rural areas

“Mainstreaming of AYUSH is one of the core strategies in National Rural Health Mission which seeks to provide accessible, affordable and quality healthcare to the rural population. Under National Health Mission (NHM)/ National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), engagement of Ayurveda Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) doctors/ paramedics is being supported, provided they are co-located with existing District Hospitals (DHs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Primary Health Centres (PHCs)…,” AYUSH Minister of State Shri Shripad Yesso Naik told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.[Source]

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