Ayush awareness camp held in Rajouri

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RAJOURI: The Department of Indian System of Medicine, Rajouri Saturday organized a day-long awareness camp under National AYUSH Mission (NAM), a centrally sponsored scheme to promote AYUSH medical systems through cost-effective AYUSH services, strengthening of educational system with increased focus on new researches to enhance quality of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani and Homeopathic drugs.
Additional DDC A.S Chib inaugurated and presided over the proceedings of the camp. Chief Medical Officer Dr Suresh Gupta, MS District Hospital Dr Mehmood Bajjar, Addl DMO ISM Dr Haider Hussain Shah, Medical Officers ISM, Paramedics, ISM Pharmacists, social activists, civil society members among others attended the camp.
Complementing the ISM department for its unparalleled achievements in healthcare services in the district, A.S Chib said the state of Jammu and Kashmir is renowned world over for having an enormous number of medicinally important herbs with Rajouri sharing a major chunk of these plants. These herbs are useful in the treatment of various diseases, that too without any side-effects, he added.
He impressed upon the participants to put in dedicated efforts to realize the vision of NAM vis-à-vis providing cost-effective and quality health services. He also assured to take up the demand for repair and renovation of ISM dispensaries with the construction of latrines and issue of shortage of staff with District Development Commissioner.
CMO and MS DH Rajouri also applauded the doctors and paramedics of ISM for their contribution in the delivery of health services. They said the Allopathy and ISM should go hand-in-hand for providing quality health services with the organization of bridge courses for ISM officers and staff.
Speaking on the occasion, Addl DMO Dr Haider said the AYUSH is internationally acknowledged system for curing diseases and maintaining a quality health standard.
Referring to WHO report, he said there are around 20,000 recognized medicinal plants worldwide, of which 2,000 herbs are found in J&K. He informed that the AYUSH mission was launched by the Central Government with a budget outlay of Rs. 24 crore for making AYUSH services affordable to all, promotion of research and cultivation of herbs for sustained supply of raw material for ayurvedic, unani and homoeopathic drugs.
Experts including Dr Zakir Hussain, Dr Rajan Sharma, Dr Mohd Marouf and Dr R.K Bajaj delivered lectures on scope and future of course action for the development of Unani and Ayurvedic systems of medicine and cupping therapy.