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Center to come up with new national health policy

The Centre would soon come up with a new National Health Policy with special emphasis on AYUSH - Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy system - Union Minister Shripad Naik said here today.

The new health policy being prepared by the central government would accord adequate importance to AYUSH system, Naik, Union Minister of state (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, said at the opening of national 'Arogya' mela.

Maintaining that Narendra Modi Government accords proper importance to traditional systems of medicine, Naik said the role of AYUSH would be redefined in the new health policy proposed to be unveiled soon. AYUSH system with its long history of use at various stages of civilisation would be made an integral part of the healthcare arrangements at all levels, right from the primacy health centres to the top, the minister said. The system requires simple technological inputs for diagnosis of ailments and preparation of medicinal products, said Naik, who is also Union Minister of state Health and Family Welfare.

There can be a revolution in healthcare if strengths in AYUSH system of medicine are properly utilised by promoting, supporting and spreading awareness about it, he said. The Department of AYUSH aims at providing attention to development of education and research in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy systems. Describing Bhubaneswar as a rapidly growing city in the country, the Union Minister said the city has a 3000- year old history of close links with traditional systems of health care and Ayush has good future here. PTI


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