Q. Why is this in news?
A. The government has decided to continue the National Ayush Mission (NAM) as a centrally sponsored scheme till 2026.
- The project will have a total cost of Rs. 4,603 crore, of which the Centre will bear Rs 3,000 crore share, and the states will cover the rest.
- Recently, new portals on the Ayush sector were also launched.
Q. What is the meaning of 'Ayush'?
- Traditional & Non-Conventional Systems of Health Care and Healing Which Include Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy etc.
- The positive features of the Indian systems of medicine namely their diversity and flexibility; accessibility; affordability, a broad acceptance by a large section of the general public; comparatively lesser cost and growing economic value, have great potential to make them providers of healthcare that the large sections of our people need.
Q. When is it launched?
- Launched in September 2014 by the Department of AYUSH under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, during the 12th Plan for implementation through States/UTs.
- Now, it is implemented by the Ministry of Ayush.
Q. What are the components of the National AYUSH Mission?
- Obligatory Components:
- AYUSH Services.
- AYUSH Educational Institutions.
- Quality Control of ASU&H (Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani & Homoeopathy) Drugs.
- Medicinal Plants.
- Flexible Component
- AYUSH Wellness Centres comprising Yoga and Naturopathy,
- Innovations in AYUSH including Public Private Partnership,
- IEC (Information, Education and Communication) activities,
- Voluntary certification scheme: Project based, etc.
Q. What might be the expected Outcomes?
- Better access to AYUSH healthcare services through increased healthcare facilities and better availability of medicines and trained manpower.
- Improvement in AYUSH education through a well-equipped enhanced number of AYUSH Educational institutions.
- To focus on reducing communicable/non-communicable diseases through targeted public health programmes using AYUSH systems of Healthcare.