General Studies II

Ministry of AYUSH

Why in news?

AYUSH Ministry’s webinar on Nidra and Yoga highlights the role of sleep in promoting good health. The webinar was held on 7th January 2021.  The webinar was attended by sleep specialists which included Neurologists, Psychiatrists, Clinicians, Researchers, and Yoga & Naturopathy physicians. In the scientific session, experts discussed a variety of topics related to sleep, its importance and the benefits of Yoga Nidra.

About the Ministry

The Ministry of AYUSH was formed on 9th November 2014 to ensure the optimal development and propagation of AYUSH systems of health care. Earlier it was known as the Department of Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy (ISM&H) which was created in March 1995 and renamed as Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in November 2003, with focused attention for development of Education and Research in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy.

Ministry of AYUSH Government Schemes

Name of the schemeObjectiveFew Points to remember
National Ayush MissionTo provide good AYUSH services, with universal access by upgrading AYUSH hospitals and dispensaries, co-location of AYUSH facilities at PHCs, community health centres, and district hospitalIt is a centrally sponsored scheme It was introduced in 2014 AYUSH systems of medicine, namely Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Sowa-Rigpa, and Homoeopathy. Components of the mission include both the mandatory as well as the flexible components
Mission MadhumehaThe aim is to provide cost-effective treatment and control of non-communicable disease of DiabetesIt was launched in 2016 It will be implemented throughout the country through a specially designed National Treatment Protocol for effective management of Diabetes through Ayurveda
Swasthya Raksha programThe objective is to promote health, health education in the village It spreads awareness about the cleanliness of domestic surroundings and environment In this program, mass campaigning through rallies, Nukkad Nataks focusing on personal, environmental and social hygiene are being undertaken for creating awareness about hygiene and health
Scheme for Promoting Pharmaco vigilance of AYUSH DrugsDeveloping the culture of documenting adverse impacts and
undertake safety monitoring of AYUSH drugs. Surveillance of advertisements appearing in the print or electronic media which are misleading in nature.
It intends to facilitate the establishment of a three-tier network of National Pharmacovigilance Centre (NPvCC), Intermediary Pharmacovigilance Centres (IPvCCs) and Peripheral Pharmacovigilance Centres (PPvCC). All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi, an autonomous body under the Ministry of AYUSH has been designated as National Pharmacovigilance Centre for coordinating various activities of the initiative. It will facilitate the detection of potentially unsafe ASU&H medicine.

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