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Cabinet approves continuation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National Ayush Mission (NAM)

The Cabinet on 15th December 2017 approved the continuation of centrally sponsored scheme of National Ayush Mission (NAM) till March 31, 2020 with an outlay of Rs 2,400 crore over the period.
The Mission was launched in September 2014 with the objectives of providing cost effective traditional Indian medicine services like Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH).
       It involves upgradation of AYUSH hospitals and dispensaries, strengthening institutional capacity at the state level through upgrading such educational institutions, pharmacies, drug testing laboratories and supporting cultivation of medicinal plants by adopting good agricultural practices.
    The NAM is addressing the gaps in health services by supporting the efforts of state/UT governments for providing AYUSH health services/education in the country, particularly in vulnerable and far-flung areas.

Government enhances superannuation age of doctors to 65 years

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the enhancement of superannuation age of doctors other than doctors of the Central Health Services (CHS) falling under various Departments/Ministries/autonomous organisations, to 65 years. Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda, welcomed the Cabinet decision and stated that it is a very visionary and pragmatic decision that will strengthen the health services in the country.  “Through this forward looking step, the services of experienced doctors shall be available to bring quality health services to the people. It will help in retaining the existing strength of experienced doctors thereby providing better patient care satisfaction,” Shri Nadda added.
Terming the decision to be people-centered and pro-patient, Shri Nadda further stated that it will address the shortage of doctors. “This is a strong signal that the Government is taking all steps to enhance services/service delivery. This would also help in improving doctor-patient ratio in the country,” Shri Nadda said.
Speaking further on the cabinet decision, Shri Nadda said that the decision will help in proper academic activities in Medical Colleges as also in effective implementation of national health programmes for delivery of healthcare services. “The decision may not have much financial implications as large numbers of posts are lying vacant and the present incumbents would continue to work in their existing capacity against sanctioned posts. Around 1445 doctors of various Ministries/Departments of the Central Government would be benefitted,” Shri Nadda informed.
According to the Cabinet decision, the superannuation age of doctors under the administrative control of the respective Ministries/Departments [M/o AYUSH (AYUSH Doctors), Department of Defence (civilian doctors under Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Service), Department of Defence Production (Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service Medical Officers), Dental Doctors under D/o Health & Family Welfare, Dental doctors under Ministry of Railways and of doctors working in Higher Education and Technical Institutions under Department of Higher Education) has been enhanced to 65 years.
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AYUSH Minister inaugurates world’s first advanced Homoeopathy Virology lab in Kolkata

It is first time in the history of Homoeopathy in India that a state of art virology laboratory has been inaugurated by Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, the union Minster of State ( Independent charge), Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India, at Dr. Anjali Chatterjee Regional Research Institute in Homoeopathy, Kolkata, on 12.9.2017, in the presence of eminent scientists viz. Padmashree Dr. V. K. Gupta, Chairman Scientific Advisory Committee, CCRH, New Delhi; Padmashree (Prof.) Ajoy Roy, Director, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEHT), Howrah; Dr. Rathin Chakravarty, Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, CCRH, New Delhi; Dr. Raj K. Manchanda, Director General, CCRH, New Delhi and many other scientists and dignitaries. In his inaugural speech the Hon’ble Minister appreciated the popularity of Homoeopathy in West Bengal. He stated that this laboratory has been established keeping in view of some important objectives – a) To conduct research on prevalent viral diseases such as Influenza, Japanese encephalitis, Dengue, Chickungunya and Swine flu. b) To develop new drugs and technologies in Homoeopathy to combat emerging challenges of viral diseases.
    Union minister of state for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), Shripad Yesso Naik, inaugurated the state-of-the art laboratory at Kolkata’s Dr Anjali Chatterjee Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy (RRIH).
      “This laboratory has been established to develop new drugs and technologies in homoeopathy to combat emerging challenges of viral diseases,” said Naik, while launching the laboratory.
      The laboratory is recognized by the Calcutta University to undertake research work of the PhD students in the field of homoeopathy. Read more..

Shri Shripad Naik inaugurates Regional Research Institute of Homoeopathy in Agartala
[Strengthening health services and propagation of AYUSH systems in North-Eastern states is one of main priorities of the Government: AYUSH Minister]

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Naik has urged Homeopathic researchers to contribute and help the Government in the management of epidemics like Dengue, Chikungunya, Malaria and Swine Flu as the contribution of Homeopathy in controlling epidemics is well known in the past. Shri Naik made this appeal at the inauguration of the Regional Research Institute of Homoeopathy (RRI) in Agartala, Tripura on 11th September 2017.
The strengthening of health services and propagation of AYUSH systems in North-Eastern states is one of the main priorities of AYUSH Ministry, Shri Shripad Naik said.
He further elaborated that we should develop indigenous technologies and drugs that are scientific, efficacious and cost effective to tackle these diseases. The Minister said that the Institute should also focus on Malaria research with Homoeopathy as this disease is endemic in the region. Read more..

Health Ministry amends Drugs and Cosmetics Rules to permit sale of homeopathy drugs in general chemist outlets

The Union government has issued a notification mandating a slew of norms to strengthen the homeopathy system of medicine.  These include the need for a competent licensing authority to deal with homeopathic medicines and be qualified with a degree in this medical speciality. Homeo drugs can be sold at general pharmacies under separate license and to be stored separately from allopathic drugs.
The revision is listed in the Drugs and Cosmetics 11th Amendment, 2017 and is published in the latest Gazette No. 918.
If the candidate issuing licenses  is not qualified in homeopathy, a pharmacy degree from a recognised university is acceptable. Alternatively the candidate could be a  bachelor’s degree holder  but should have a one-year experience in  dispensing homeopathy  medicines at a clinic of  registered homeopathy practitioner and have a license as per Form 20C or Form 20D, as per the regulation. Read more..

National Homoeopathy Seminar On Non Communicable Diseases- A Report

By Dr. Md. Sayeed Akhtar, SMO (H), Directorate of Ayush, Govt. of NCT of Delhi

National Homoeopathy Seminar on Non Communicable Diseases was organised by Dr. D. P. Rastogi Central Research Institute (CRI) of Homoeopathy, Noida under Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (An Autonomous Body under Ministry of AYUSH Govt. of India) on 2nd - 3rd November, 2017 at F-2 Auditorium, Amity University Noida (U.P.) with technical collaboration of Amity University. The whole programme was funded under Central Sector Scheme Ministry of AYUSH Govt. of India.
The programme was inaugurated by the guests, Dr. Vaidya Rajesh Kuteja, Secretary Homoeopathy, Govt. of India; Dr. Kanwal Sethi, Advisor Homoeopathy, Ministry of AYUSH; Dr. R. K. Manchanda, Director General, CCRH, Govt. of India; Dr. B. K. Khanna, former Principal, NHMC & H and others. The inaugural speech was given by Dr. B. S. Arya, Officer-in-charge, Dr.D. P.  Rastogi Central Research Institute (CRI) of Homoeopathy, Noida. Read more..

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