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HealthcareApr, 09 2015

State Health & Family Welfare Minister of Nagaland inaugurates first AYUSH hospital

Marking yet another milestone to improve the healthcare delivery system, northeastern Nagaland state received its first 10-bedded integrated AYUSH hospital.

By Agencies

Nagaland's Health and Family Welfare Minister P Longon has inaugurated a 10-bedded Integrated AYUSH Hospital in Dimapur district of Nagaland recently.

Commenting on the inauguration event, Logon said, "The implementation of the National Ayush Mission in the state is a milestone in the healthcare delivery system and would definitely benefit the people.”

He further noted as new non-communicable diseases and occupational diseases surfacing the environment, the AYUSH system of medicine will play a significant role in delivering improved healthcare to the people, following the affordable ancient system of medicine

"Let us remind ourselves that unlike other states, we have a much better advantage for the development of the AYUSH system of medicine, as we have fresh air, fresh water, less pollution and our soil is rich in medicinal plants and herbs, which serve as raw materials for manufacturing and production of AYUSH drugs," Longon said.

The minister also requested the state health and family welfare department to proceed for the signing of a MoU as well as to write to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to provide manpower so the people of the state can avail AYUSH services at the earliest.

Meanwhile, Dr Atoshe Sema, State Programme Officer, AYUSH, presented a report on the newly inaugurated AYUSH Hospital, shared that the State Health Society had received a sanction of Rs254 lakh under the centrally sponsored scheme for development of AYUSH hospital and dispensaries, which comes under the National Rural Health Mission-2011-12, as a non-recurring grant for setting up of a 10-bedded Integrated AYUSH hospital in Dimapur district.

She also informed that the state's share of 15 per cent which is an amount of about Rs38.10 lakh was yet to be released.

Reportedly, at present, the state health and family welfare department has only six regular AYUSH medical officers.

Creation of posts and appointment of technical personnel and supporting staff for effective deliverance of the alternation system of medicines in the state has already been requested to the State Government.


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