The intended collaboration between the two ministries aims at development of linkages and integration of TB care services within the infrastructure and institutional network of AYUSH.
On this occasion, Shripad Naik said that tuberculosis is not only a challenge for medical fraternity but also a serious social problems mainly hitting the populations battling with poverty, malnutrition, poor hygiene, housing and working conditions.
The Minister said that AYUSH systems have potential knowledge base, qualified and trained human resources and holistic healthcare practices to help achieving the objective of TB-free India.
He further said that accordingly, it is expected that multifaceted issues of the people suffering from TB can be addressed with integrated approaches, inter-sectoral convergence and meaningful involvement of AYUSH sector.
The MoU with the Central TB Division of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare outlines the scope and extent of AYUSH involvement in sensitisation, awareness generation, capacity building of AYUSH institutions and health service providers in the areas of TB diagnosis, control and management.
Focused activities envisaged under the MoU will cover joint planning to work with AYUSH organisations & professional bodies and promote adjuvant use of evidence-based AYUSH interventions for, TB control and management.
It is also intended to facilitate research collaboration and best practices of AYUSH healthcare and build up capacities for TB-free workplaces and communities. Both ministries will appoint Nodal Officers for development of implementation plan, modalities of operationalisation and steering the collaboration activities outlined in the MoU.
The MoU was signed by Secretary Health and Family Welfare Smt. Preeti Sudan and Secretary AYUSH, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha in the presence of Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harshvardhan, MoS Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Choubey and Minister of State for AYUSH and MoS Defence Shripad Yesso Naik.