‘Introduce ayurveda at NIMHANS’

Special Correspondent

MP writes to Health Minister and NIMHANS

Need for integrated medicare system stressed

BANGALORE: Bharatiya Janata Party MP and former Union Minister H.N. Ananth Kumar on Sunday said he has written letters to the Union Health Minister and the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) to set up a research centre to examine the possibility of introducing ayurvedic system of treatment for mental and neural disorders at the premier Institute.

Inaugurating the Government Ayurvedic and Unani College Graduates’ Association’s building in Bangalore, he maintained that ayurveda had remedies for curing some of the mental and neurological problems without surgery.

He suggested that similar research centres be set up at other speciality hospitals such as Kidwai Institute of Oncology to find out how the ayurvedic system of medicine could be used in their streams.

Mr. Kumar stressed the need for evolving an integrated medicare system in the country to increase the reach of the public healthcare.

He suggested that the integrated medicare system should comprise all the medical systems such as allopathy, homoeopathy and unani.

Only then it would be possible to take care of the health requirements of the entire population in a country such as India which has 5.50 lakh villages, Mr. Kumar observed.

He urged the government to treat traditional medicinal systems, especially ayurveda, on a par with allopathy by providing a level playing field for these traditional medicinal systems.

He suggested to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to ensure that some concrete programmes were included for providing a boost for the research and development as well as application of traditional systems of medicine such as ayurveda in the State budget to be presented by him.

Development projects

He said the Yeddyurappa Government had taken up various initiatives to develop infrastructure in Bangalore.

A total of 763 development works related to upgrading and creation of new infrastructure were going on.

Urban Development and Law Minister S. Suresh Kumar, who released the souvenir brought out by the association, stressed the need for encouraging native medicinal system such as ayurveda.

The association office-bearers appealed to the State government to provide financial aid to complete the construction of the building in which various social activities, including free healthcare facility to poor people are being taken up.

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