"We are working on the draft policy. We have already circulated a note seeking suggestions from other stakeholders," the official said. The proposed policy assumes significance because of the renewed and focused thrust from the top level in the government towards development of the AYUSH system as well as its integration in the healthcare delivery mechanism of the country , the official said. "This has been emphasized by the PM on several occasions," the official said.
The policy aims at establishing AYUSH systems of medicine as the preferred choice of treatment in primary health care. At the same time, it will also provide for filling in the existing gap between demand and supply of doctors, mainly in rural areas, by training AYUSH practitioners to handle primary healthcare needs.
India to tie up with WHO for research
Taking traditional medicines to the international stage, India is expected to collaborate with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United States for research and development of ayurveda, unani, siddha and homeopathy. The UN agency have evinced keen interest in Ayush medicines and is slated to sign an agreement to this effect in Geneva soon, Ayush minister Shripad Naik informed Rajya Sabha.