Shripad Naik on AYUSH Drugs

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New Delhi: Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH and Health and Family Welfare, Shripad Yesso Naik has underlined the importance of availability of quality raw material for production of quality drugs. He was addressing the State/UTs AYUSH/Health Ministers Conference here today. The Minister also suggested that review meetings should be held from time to time with all stakeholders to understand the bottlenecks they face in taking up large cultivation of medical plants. Naik said the issues impacting medicinal plants cut across many sectors, and therefore, inter-sectoral coordination must be taken up in right earnest. He suggested that the State Medicinal Plants Boards (SMPBs) could be the nodal agencies for this.

Naik said the National AYUSH Mission (NAM) is a turning point as it, inter-alia, envisages better access to AYUSH services through increase in number of AYUSH Hospitals and Dispensaries ensuring availability of AYUSH drugs and trained manpower. The Minister added that 20% of total available resources are earmarked for flexible components to enable the State Governments to focus on need based activities to promote and develop AYUSH systems in the States/UTs.

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Emphasizing on institutional strengthening, the Minister said it has been envisaged as one of the core activities under the NAM. He said, the enhancement in the number of upgraded educational institutions, increase in the number of Pharmacies, Drug Testing Laboratories and improved drug enforcement mechanism in terms of making available quality standards paraphernalia will ensure the availability of qualified practitioners and safe drugs to the society. For this purpose, he said, the State Governments are also expected to establish the AYUSH administrative infrastructure at state, district and block levels.Laying emphasis on the education regulations for Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy, the Minister said the States should give top priority to fulfill the mandatory requirements of infrastructure, facilities and functionality of concerned Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy Colleges and Hospitals as per provisions under the relevant Act and Regulations.

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