Jammu: Augmenting the preventive and curative health care facilities for the people of J&K, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today inaugurated Government Ayurvedic Medical College, Akhnoor and dedicated it to the public.
“With the new state-of-the-art Ayurveda facility, we have achieved a new milestone in the healthcare sector of Jammu and Kashmir”, the Lt Governor observed.
The first Ayurvedic College in J&K with 63 seats will help the students to gain the learning of the Ayurveda system. In addition, the 60-bedded hospital would prove to be a boon for the people seeking Ayurvedic treatment, the Lt Governor noted.
This Ayurvedic Medical College will also have a great impact on the social, economic, and health system of this area, he added.
“The most important responsibility of the administration is to protect the health of its citizens, and we are trying our best to develop the best infrastructure, besides making policy interventions needed for the good health of the people of J&K”, the Lt Governor remarked. Highlighting the need for comprehensive healthcare, including oral health, and addressing the issue of unemployment raised by trained Dental Surgeons, the Lt Governor reiterated that the government is going to provide financial assistance to 400 dental surgeons and 800 paramedics to facilitate them in starting their own clinics through a specially tailored self-employment scheme under the ‘Mission Youth’ programme.
Terming Ayurveda as an important pillar of our medical system, the Lt Governor said that the timeless knowledge gathered by our ancient practitioners and propagated across centuries has to be developed in Jammu and Kashmir into a large ecosystem of alternative medicine through modern infrastructure. Various disciplines of Ayurveda have to be made accessible to the people, because only a healthy society can contribute to the development, he added.
Outlining the reforms taken by the Government to develop Ayurveda system in the UT, the Lt Governor stated that the Ministry of AYUSH has approved the up-gradation of 571 Indian Systems of Medicine dispensaries in the Union Territory of J&K in a phased manner by 2023-24. “Including 73 AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres inaugurated in March this year and 21 AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres inaugurated in September last year, a total of 94 AYUSH health and wellness centres have been started in Phase-I”, the Lt Governor noted.
The Lt Governor said that all these centres are running smoothly and from yoga instructors to every type of infrastructure, all have been made available there. In the second phase, the Directorate of Indian Systems of Medicine, J&K is working on 100 more AYUSH health and wellness centres. These centres would prove to be a milestone in creating a robust health infrastructure across J&K in the future, he added.
The Lt Governor noted that the role of Ayurvedic College and AYUSH Centres has become imperative in maintaining the health of the people because there are so many diseases in the world for which it is difficult to find treatment and preventive care in one method alone to keep the body healthy. The aim of this Ayurvedic College and other wellness centres is not only to take care of overall health but also to ensure that people do not fall ill and stay healthy, he added.
In the last few years, under the guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the public health sector in Jammu and Kashmir has got a new direction, new momentum for extending healthcare facilities to all the people. It was his vision, under which the Indian System of Medicine was brought into the mainstream through the National Health Policy enabling people to avoid diseases through ‘Self-Care’ and providing an alternate option of treatment to the needy people, the Lt Governor added.
Elucidating on the two main objectives behind the decision of central government to develop 12,500 Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness centres across the country under the National AYUSH Mission for providing low cost general health cover to maximum people and extending primary health care facilities while spreading awareness among people living in remote areas, the Lt Governor said that there is also a third aspect of it, that is for the first time a policy was worked out on the preventive care of the public.