With the growing crisis in the form of the pandemic, the government has realised the importance of the National Ayush Mission (NAM) and has effectively decided to continue the mission till 2021.

Under the implementation of the National Ayush Mission, there will be constant up-gradation of hospitals, dispensaries, educational institutions, pharmacies, laboratories, etc.

Ayush essentially stands for Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. The mission is to offer cost-effective and equitable AYUSH healthcare throughout the entire country and to increase access to services offered. NAM aims to revitalise and strengthen the AYUSH systems thereby making them prominent medical streams in addressing the health crisis that has taken over the world.

Prime objectives of the National AYUSH Mission

The main objectives of the scheme are mentioned herewith:

  1. The National AYUSH Mission is launched to provide cost-effective medical assistance to the people in the nation through raising access to AYUSH hospitals and dispensaries.
  2. NAM also aims to ensure co-location of various AYUSH services at Primary Health Centre (PHCs), Community Health Centers (CHCs) and several District Hospitals (DH).
  3. NAM essentially aims to focus on educational institutions, pharmacies, drug testing and setting up AYUSH laboratories at the State level.
  4. Through the implementation of the AYUSH scheme, there will be increased demand for the cultivation of medicinal plants through Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs).
  5. NAM will also provide financial assistance to set up clusters through the convergence of cultivation, warehousing, marketing and value addition.
  6. The mission ideally focuses on the availability of a sustained supply of AYUSH raw materials. Ayush will also promote the adoption of High-Quality Standards of AYUSH drugs.

How will the Ayush schemes be implemented?

The central government will perform these activities for the implementation of the several components of the Ayush scheme

Offering Ayush services:

  • Co-location of several AYUSH facilities at primary, community and even district-level hospitals
  • The central government will upgrade the existing government hospitals and government/panchayat/government-aided dispensaries

Educational institutions:

  • The centre will focus on the infrastructural development of Undergraduate and Postgraduate institutions
  • The centre will also open new AYUSH educational institutions in those states which do not already have such institutions in place.

Quality control of ASU and H Drugs:

  • NAM will support states to set up ASU and H pharmacies, co-operatives, PSUs, drug testing laboratories to strengthen the ASU and H drug control Framework.
  • Also, the government will provide grants to the State Licensing Authority of ASU and H drugs for providing quality control materials.

In conclusion

Going back to our roots is one way of tackling the crisis. As a nation, we are sitting on heaps of resources that could be used for the larger good and help the underprivileged to gain access to medical attention at affordable prices. People in our country have struggled to find affordable healthcare and this has cost more lives. With the NAM implemented, the Centre aims to reach out more and assist people at the grass-root level.

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