A 50-bedded hospital dedicated to AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) medications will soon come up at Topsi Khata area in Alipurduar where the best of facilities and infrastructure will be available.
AYUSH system of medication has a significant role in delivering healthcare to masses. It is cost effective and will benefit economically challenged patients.
The state government has decided to promote one of the oldest and traditional forms of treatment across Bengal. The hospital that would come up on a few acre of land will be one of finest AYUSH hospital in the country. In the initial level, the state government will bear a cost of around Rs 9 crore to set up the hospital. The expert doctors from the state and outside with expertise in the field will be invited to serve the people.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after coming to power had laid emphasis in building infrastructure in AYUSH and asked health department officials to revamp health infrastructure in the state. A separate department has been formed headed by a minister to accelerate various AYUSH projects.
Separate units of AYUSH will be set up in the subsidiary health care units in all the districts of the state. Banerjee has brought a sea of change in the overall health infrastructure in the state through various new initiatives. Many health schemes have been started in the various state-run medical colleges and hospitals so that the people, especially the underprivileged could avail free treatment at government hospitals.
AYUSH units have already been set up in seven districts — Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Birbhum, West Midnapore, Nadia, North 24-Parganas and South-24 Parganas. A senior official of the state, AYUSH department said that medical officers in subsidiary health centres are being deployed at various health centers. Adequate arrangements of medicines will be made in all the units so that poor patients can get the advantage medicines at free of cost. Around 95 posts of senior medical officer are being created to provide AYUSH services in the districts in a better way.
“Chief Minister has taken initiatives to set up better infrastructure of AYUSH medication services in all the districts. All the districts will soon a get separate unit dedicated to AYUSH. The units have already been inaugurated by the Chief Minister in seven districts. This marked another milestone towards improving the health care delivery in the state which would benefit many people”, he said.