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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A boost for AYUSH

India has mooted a proposal for universal coverage of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) under the country's flagship National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The move will be a major push for the country's traditional medicine, which will not only be made available in all public health facilities — primary and community health centers and district hospitals under the 12th five year plan — AYUSH doctors will also be posted in these centres along with their allopathic counterparts.

So far, only 24.6% of the public health facilities have availed central assistance for AYUSH medicines and 8.7% PHCs, 5.8% CHCs and 13.9% district hospitals used the centrally-sponsored scheme for setting up the infrastructure required for co-location of AYUSH facilities.

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