The state government envisages to make Kerala the global capital of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Unani , Siddha & Homoeopathy) systems of healthcare and to position the state as a preferred AYUSH destination in the global Map. The Kerala AYUSH Health Policy 2016, which was released on Thursday, states that AYUSH systems of medicines will be made a preferred choice of treatment in primary health centres.
Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala released the policy by handing over a copy to Health Minister V S Sivakumar. K Muraleedharan MLA, ISM director Dr Anitha Jacob, Homoeopathy director K Jamuna, Ayurveda Medical Education director Dr T Shivadas and others were present at the function.
The policy urges the Ayush Department to jointly partner with the national and international tourism establishments to make the state the most preferred destination of AYUSH medical tourism and wellness tourism.
According to the policy, the state should have a public sector drug manufacturing unit for Siddha and Unani. On Medical Pluralism, the policy says that the state government should strive to provide the public with the right to choose treatment as envisaged by WHO and the National policy. It also says AYUSH holistic treatment centres will be established throughout the state and the potentials of AYUSH would be explored into other areas like veterinary sciences and agriculture.
It also says that efforts would be taken to start block-level Ayurveda hospitals, taluk- level homoeopathy hospitals, specialty clinics in district and taluk hospitals. Moreover, the feasibility of starting Siddha hospitals would also be assessed.
Considering that AYUSH has a wider acceptance among the tribal population, steps would be taken to provide AYUSH healthcare services to them. The policy also moots the establishment of wellness and palliative care centres.
It has been said that the existing Government Ayurveda Research Institute for Mental Diseases in Kottakal, will be upgraded to a centre of excellence.
As part of medical education, AYUSH University would be established to enhance the quality of AYUSH health stream. It also states that efforts would be taken to frame accreditation standard for medical colleges.
It also calls for establishing different streams of medical colleges. In school syllabus, AYUSH subjects would be included, the policy says. It also plans to provide effective control and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases.
What Ayush Envisages
■ Make Kerala 100 per cent Ayurveda and Homoeopathy state by providing these facilities to all local self- government institutions.
■ Exclusive state research centre, upgradation of the existing infrastructure and developing new facilities, including hospitals and dispensaries.
■ To establish the state as the model state for best quality AYUSH education in the country.
■ Kerala to be a model state for best quality AYUSH education in the country.
■ AYUSH holistic treatment centres will be established throughout the state
■ AYUSH University to be established to enhance the quality of AYUSH health stream.
■ To provide the public with the right to choose
treatment as envisaged by WHO and the National policy