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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the yoga celebrations in Ranchi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the yoga celebrations in Ranchi

PM Modi stated that work has been underway by the Ayush Ministry for the past five years to change this approach. By experimenting and validating with ancient research in laboratories today and presenting it in a way that can be understood by medical science.

He also advocated that if the healthcare system of the country needs to undergo a transformation, then it has to be approached in a holistic manner. This can only be done by strengthening the combined power of traditional and modern medicine

While speaking at an event, PM Modi said, “We have literature dating back thousands of years. Vedas have references of curing serious illnesses. Unfortunately, we have achieved little success in linking this ancient research, the treasure trove of knowledge, with modernity.”

He further informed, “In the last five years, we have tried to change this. We prepared a scientific basis of it by validating it in laboratories. We presented it in a way that the medical science can also understand.”

Modi was speaking at the Yoga Awards ceremony in New Delhi. He noted that emphasis is being laid on making Ayush an important part of the country’s healthcare system.

The prime minister said 1.5 lakh healthcare and wellness centres are being built, of which AYUSH is also a critical component.

“We also have the target of building 12,000 Ayush centres, of which 10 have been inaugurated in Haryana today. Our endeavour is to establish 4,000 such centres this year which means every block would have one such centre,” he said.

He also stressed on the need to create a homogenous system by creating an ‘Ayush grid’ on the lines of One Nation, One Tax and One Nation, One Mobility Card.

The Prime Minister stated Sowa Rigpa, an indigenous medicine of Tibet, is being added as a member of the Ayush family. An international centre to promote Sowa Rigpa is being built in Ladakh, he said.

Sowa Rigpa is a traditional Buddhist medicine practised in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong areas of West Bengal.

The Prime Minister said poor people have saved nearly Rs 12,000 crore by availing free treatment through the Ayushman Bharat Yojana.

Referring to his Cabinet’s decision of approving the construction of 75 new medical colleges in the country, he said the endeavour is to build one medical college in every district.

This, he said, will not only help in treating major illnesses but also lead to increasing 16,000 MBBS seats in the country.

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