Health Policies under the universal health insurance scheme includes ayurveda, unani, siddha and homeopathy will enable integrating traditional systems of medicine into the public health system
Besides, it will also focus on the need for creation of infrastructure, research facilities and regulation to nationalize AYUSH, an official source said.
The final draft policy is likely to be circulated among ministries and states by June before it makes its way to the Cabinet, a senior official informed. He added, the AYUSH ministry is targeting to launch the final policy latest by October.
"We are working on the draft policy. We have already circulated a note seeking suggestions from other stakeholders," the official said.
The proposed policy gains importance because of the renewed and focused power from the top level in the government towards development of the AYUSH system as well as its integration in the healthcare delivery mechanism of the country, the official said. "This has been emphasized by the PM on several occasions," the official informed.
By introducing a national policy, the government also plans to promote India as a preferred AYUSH destination on the global map and harness the potential of the traditional system of medicine for improving primary and preventive health care.
The proposed policy will also set specific targets to be achieved within deadlines, bring regulation for education and research, as well as set standards for AYUSH medicines and treatment.
The policy aims at establishing AYUSH systems of medicine as the preferred choice of treatment in primary health care. At the same time, it will also fill the gap between demand and supply of doctors, mainly in rural areas, by training AYUSH practitioners to handle primary healthcare needs.
However, taking traditional medicines to the international stage, India is expected to collaborate with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United States for research and development of ayurveda, unani, siddha and homeopathy. The UN agency have shown keen interest in AYUSH medicines and is ready to sign an agreement to this effect in Geneva soon, AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik informed Rajya Sabha.