NEW DELHI: The Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) Ministry has undertaken an initiative on the lines of Swachh Bharat campaign to prevent and treat diseases related to poor hygiene and sanitation, Union Minister Shripad Naik today said.
Noting that alternative medicine systems like homoeopathy have come into focus, he said the government is making efforts to provide high quality AYUSH facilities available to public.
"The AYUSH Ministry has tried to take forward the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by initiating a Swasthya Raksha Programme so as to protect and promote health for preventing, identifying and treating the diseases related to poor hygiene and sanitation," the AYUSH minister said.
Mr Naik said the programme is being implemented by the eleven institutes of the Central Council of Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH).
He was speaking after inaugurating DP Rastogi Central Research Institute for Homoeopathy in Noida today which has been set up for overall promotion and development of homoeopathic system of medicine and carrying out advanced research on scientific lines in homoeopathy.
The institute in Noida has also adopted five villages and thousands of people have already benefited under the Swasthya Raksha Programme, the Union minister said.
"The alternative systems of medicine like homoeopathy have now come into focus and the government is making all efforts to provide high quality AYUSH facilities available to the people," he said.
Mr Naik said that CCRH has also designed a programme -- 'Homoeopathy for Healthy Child' -- with the aim to sensitise health workers, patients and care givers to deal with conditions such as diarrhoea, respiratory infections, dental conditions, skin conditions and others through homoeopathy.
The programme is being implemented in ten districts including two blocks of Gautam Budha Nagar, he said.
Mr Naik also released two publications prepared by the Council of Homoeopathy - a booklet on guidelines for homoeopathic practitioner for clinical management of dengue fever, and another titled 'Dant nikalne ke dauraan homoeopathy ke saath swashyavardhan' for ASHAs and Anganwadi workers.
He also released IEC material including a poster and a pamphlet on 'Swasthya Rakshan Karyakram'.