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AYUSH Medicine to get 12th Plan face-lift

New Delhi: In a bid to give a much-needed boost to the hitherto neglected alternative Indian medicine system, the Health Ministry is taking several initiatives in the 12th Five Year Plan to strengthen various streams of the Ayush sector.

Setting up of a national commission for human resources in Ayush to undertake a detailed work force study, referral hospitals, a central drugs controller for Ayush medicine to facilitate standardisation and ensuring high quality health products are on the cards.

According to Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad at the International Homoeopathic Congress on Thursday, the Ministry also proposes to set up a Homoeopathic Medicines Pharmaceutical Corporation Ltd to provide facilities for manufacturing of homoeopathic medicines — aiming to ensure quality and timely supplies to dispensaries.

“However, it depends on the funds we get from the Planning Commission to execute these plans,” said the Minister while inaugurating the event, organised by LIGA Congress 2011. The four-day conference — Homoeopathy for Public Health — is being attended by experts from homoeopathy as well as alternative medicine system sector from across the world, with an aim to address scepticism surrounding the scientific nature and reliability of the sector.

Central Council for Homoeopathy president Dr Ramjee Singh stressed on the urgent need for public-private partnerships to avail benefits from the huge private section of homoeopathic doctors.

LIGA Congress 2011 president SPS Bakshi added, “Higher use of homoeopathy will minimise overuse of antibiotics in commonly occurring infectious diseases, thus checking the incidence of antibiotic resistance in the public.”

PNS, New Delhi

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