Ayush doctors to get a better deal

There would soon be standardisation of the degree course for Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (Ayush) across the country, according to Minister of State for Ayush, Shripad Yasso Naik.

In an interview with Deccan Herald at the S-VYASA University here on Saturday, Naik spoke about the measures that would be in place to strengthen the system. “The existence of quacks has been one of the biggest challenges that the industry is facing. Standardisation of degrees will address the issue,” he said.

On strengthening the industry, he said that more job opportunities would be made available in the Ayush field to ensure better pay.

“Presently, most of them with Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery degree are recruited by the Department of Health and Family Welfare. Then, the problems of less pay and administration of allopathic drugs arise. By ensuring better job opportunities, we can ensure that our doctors are better paid,” he said.

Even as the Centre has been stressing on the need to incorporate an integrated approach to strengthen the health system, there has been no clarity on the same. Naik said that the Union government would first aim at strengthening the existing system and then introduce changes.

On being asked whether integrated approach would sustain despite the existing disparities in pay between the Ayush and other streams of medicine, he said “This has been brought to my notice even during my meeting with the health minister of Karnataka U T Khader. Will look into this issue and increase pay if need be.”

Speaking about the long-standing issue of shortage of drugs, Naik said that the problem is because of shortfall of production. “We need to strengthen the existing industries and set up more of them,” he added.

Ultramodern auditorium

The minister inaugurated an ultramodern auditorium at National Institute of Unani Medicine on Kottigepalya campus during the visit.

The Setting up of the auditorium will facilitate exchange programs and academic activities at the campus.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister appreciated the students for presenting 300 research papers in Unani.

In a meeting with the Union minister, at Vikasa Soudha Minister for Health U T Khader put forth several demands including a national policy on allowing Ayush doctors prescribe allopathy drugs, expediting the process of affiliation of ayurvedic colleges, more grants for the State under the Ayush mission and increasing salaries of Ayush doctors under National Rural Health Mission.

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