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Ayurveda

Jharkhand AYUSH directorate in trouble

Ranchi (TP): The Ayurveda, yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) Directorate of State government is in need of adequate manpower and medicines for past three years. No recruitment for AYUSH staffs has been held by the state government since the formation of Jharkhand. The AYUSH colleges are also drowned in problematic shackles.

According to the data collected by The Pioneer from this concerned section which reveals the number of AYUSH doctors all over the State, there are 237 sanctioned posts for Ayurveda medical officers (MO) out of which only 62 doctors are present and rest are vacant. For Homeopathy there are 104 sanctioned posts out of which only 28 doctors are working whereas for Unani there are 47 posts of which only eight are filled.

Together these doctors are managing the 22 District dispensaries here, 185 State Dispensaries, 55 Unani Dispensaries and 99 Homeopathy dispensaries all over the State.

Speaking about the declining patient attendance at the directorate Medical Officer Dr. SN Singh said “Hardly 20 patients visit here daily, that too only for free check-up. After checkup we are unable to avail them medicines which are also free of owing to no medicine availability.”

“If this is the case of the Government health department, why won’t people opt for private AYUSH practitioners?” echoed a Homeopathy Inspector here.

AYUSH Jharkhand owes three degree colleges and two pharmacy colleges which were constituted after state health department’s announcement during 2001-02.Among these, the Government Ayurvedic College cum hospital at Chaibasa and Government Unani College cum hospital are non-functional. The Government Homeopathy College cum hospital at Godda is functioning with delay in academic sessions and infrastructure problems.

Explaining the woe, AYUSH Director Dr. SN Jha told The Pioneer “The state health department needs to prepare the chart of required infrastructure, teaching and non-teaching staffs in order to seek permission from Central Council Indian Medicine for establishing an AYUSH concerned college. Unless the statistics are not provided manpower crisis and academic troubles are obvious.” He further added “the service rule and recruitment rule for AYUSH is not yet prepared in the state in order to conduct exams under JPSC.”

Among the two Pharmacy colleges providing diploma (two years) at Sahebganj and Gumla, the former is functional with the first batch waiting for pass in a year with lack of infrastructure.

Dr. ANC Narayan, a senior officer of this directorate said, “The last serving doctor at this place will retire in 2025. Since no recruitment has been done from Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) till date, the future of AYUSH is in dark.”

It is to be noticed that the retirement age of AYUSH doctors is 60 but for allopathic doctors it is 65.”We have requested the state government several times to make our retirement age equivalent to allopath doctors since recruitment for our position is awaited,” added Narayan

There are 188 Community Health Centres (CHC) and 330 Primary Health Centres (PHC) in the State. As per Indian Public Health norms, One AYUSH medical officer must be deployed at every CHC and PHC but there is no MO in any of these centres.

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