Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha e-inaugurated 73 AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) Health & Wellness Centres under Ayushman Bharat across the UT.
Out of 73 AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres, nine are in Udhampur; seven in Rajouri; six in Reasi; five in Baramulla; four in Budgam, Bandipora, Doda and Ramban; three in Jammu, Srinagar , Kathua, Kupwara, Poonch , Anantnag and Pulwama; Two in Kulgam, Ganderbal, Shopian, Samba and one in Kishtwar.
Speaking on the occasion, the LG observed that healthcare services in J&K witnessed a revolutionary transformation in the past several months.
“Unprecedented work is being done for advancement and upgradation of medical facilities for ensuring quality and affordable healthcare services in the UT,” he added.
He remarked that the government is making efforts to fully integrate AYUSH with the healthcare delivery system, besides promoting good health through preventive, rehabilitative, mitigative and curative interventions of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy (ISM&H).
Speaking on the significance of the AYUSH system of treatment and medicine, the LG said that this system of medicine focuses on the overall wellness of a person. “It not only treats a patient but also guides people for adopting a healthy lifestyle along with teaching Yoga and other natural, healthy practices,” he said.
The LG observed that AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres would be a game changer in the UT of J&K, especially in promoting the AYUSH sector, so that a comprehensive primary health care through AYUSH principles and practices is provided to the community for achieving the basic objective of holistic wellness model by advocating self-care and home remedies amongst the community.
He laid special emphasis on creating awareness and sensitizing all stakeholders and health service providers about the strengths of AYUSH systems for optimum utilization of its potential, and revival of the traditional systems of medicine.
Meanwhile, the LG interacted with the staff of various Health and Wellness centres and enquired about their functioning, daily and monthly patient in-take and free of cost healthcare services being provided to the patients in these centres.
The Lt Governor also launched “Arogya Siddhi”, a compendium of clinical outcomes of AYUSH Interventions across the UT.
Out of the 571 approved AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres, 94 have been completed in the First phase and 100 others will be completed in the second, it was informed.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lt Governor; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education; Dr Mohan Singh, Director ISM&H (AYUSH), besides doctors and scores of people in various AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres attended the launching ceremony in person and through virtual mode.