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Appeal to observe National Ayurveda Day on October 25

Kolkata: The Directorate of Ayurveda and Homeopathy has written to Chief Medical Officers of Health in each district urging them to observe National Ayurveda Day on October 25.

District officials have been asked to organise seminars and workshops. CMOHs were asked to conduct special health camps. Each district will take out a rally and a tableau demonstrating Ayurveda's benefits.

Each district will be given Rs 50,000 for organising various programmes on the National Ayurveda Day. West Bengal AYUSH Samity will soon publish the theme of the programme. In 2016, the Union Ministry of AYUSH had declared that Ayurveda Day will be celebrated on Dhanteras. A video conference will be conducted on October 18 by the state Health department officials from the Swasthya Bhawan. Senior health officials will review the preparation made by the district officials. The Centre and the state government will provide funds. The state government has decided to open separate units of AYUSH in the subsidiary health care units in all the districts of the state. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has brought substantial changes in the overall health infrastructure in the state through various new initiatives. AYUSH units have been set up in various districts, including Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Birbhum, West Midnapore, Nadia, North 24-Parganas and South 24-Parganas. National zonal coordinator of National Ayurveda Students and Youth Association Dr Sumit Sur said: "We are thankful to the Centre and the Bengal government for taking up such an initiative which will help to further boost Ayurvedic medication."

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