Punjab civil hospitals to provide Ayurvedic treatment

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Hoshiarpur, Jul 2 (UNI) To promote the age old science of Ayurvedic and Unanni system of medicines in Punjab, separate wings of Indian system of medicines will be opened in seven civil hospitals in the state within next two months under a scheme of the Union government.

These hospital are at Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Sangrur and Bhatinda, Secretary Health and Commissioner of Ayurveda and Ayush K B S Sidhu disclosed here yesterday.

Apart from the said scheme for which Rs 35 lakh each had been provided, the Union government had also sanctioned Rs 22 lakh each for opening specialised wings of Ayurvedic and Unanni medicine in seven other districts of Punjab where patients of chronic diseases would be treated through Yoga, 'Kshal Sutra' and 'Panch Karma', he added.

Mr Sidhu said it had further been decided to introduce the two ancient system of medicines in all the government primary health and community centres by restructuring the present set up of the state Ayurvedic department.

He pointed out that there are 507 Ayurvedic dispensaries and hospitals in state, where 359 regular doctors are working.

The official said as many as 121 doctors of Ayurvedic and Unanni medicine would be recruited on contract basis before August 15.

Later, recruitment of ovre 500 doctors, besides para medical staff would also take place on contract basis.

The Union government had also provided Rs one crore for making the government laboratory at Patiala well equipped so that testing of raw materials and finished medicines could be done in a professional manner, he added.

The government pharmacy would also be modernised and strengthened under this programme for preparing Ayurvedic and Unanni medicines, he added.

Replying a question, Mr Sidhu said medicines worth Rs 75 lakh had been provided by the Union government to all the Ayurvedic dispensaries and hospitals in the state during last financial year.

State government had provided Rs 20 lakh for this purpose in the current financial year.


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