UPSC IAS Prelims Exam: National AYUSH Mission

Latest current affairs and GK is an essential part of UPSC IAS Examination. Without keeping an eye on the newspaper, one cannot crack the UPSC IAS Examination. Here we are giving the important facts about National AYUSH Mission.

The traditional medicine sector has an enormous potential to interpret and resolve several health issues prevailing in the world. It is the need of the hour to escalate the promotion of traditional medicine systems as they supplement various benefits and multiplier effects in the form of employment, etc.

AYUSH stands for:

  • Ayurveda
  • Yoga
  • Naturopathy
  • Unani
  • Siddha
  • Homoeopathy

National AYUSH Mission: Background

As far as development is concerned the health sector in India has a significant role. National AYUSH Mission was constituted to address the gap in the health sector in India. The mass of the population is not getting appropriate health care in the country.  By supporting AYUSH care and education predominantly in vulnerable and far-flung areas, the government is trying to bridge this gap.

Mission Launched by

  • National AYUSH Mission was launched by the Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  • It was launched during the 12th five year Plan for implementing through States and Union Territories.

Benefits of AYUSH

  • The AYUSH framework offers certain benefits which are not seen even in other conventional medical systems.
  • Compared to other medical systems, this healthcare system is cheap and affordable.
  • The AYUSH system has lesser side effects.
  • It has proven to be effective even in chronic cases and terminal stages of diseases.
  • This medical system is very effective towards lifestyle associated disorders.
  • AYUSH health system is focused on the prevention method.

Objectives of the scheme

  • To provide cost effective and impartial AYUSH health care.
  • To rejuvenate and promote the AYUSH medical systems.
  • To advance educational institutions capable of conveying quality AYUSH education.
  • To encourage the acceptance of quality standards of AYUSH drugs.
  • To encourage the availability of the sustained supply of AYUSH raw materials.

Features of the scheme

  • Elements of the National AYUSH Mission
    • Obligatory Components
      • AYUSH Educational Institutions
      • AYUSH Services
      • Medicinal Plants Quality Control of ASU&H Drugs
    • Flexible Components
      • AYUSH Wellness Centres comprising Yoga and Naturopathy
      • Tele-medicine
      • IEC activities
    • Monitoring and Assessment
      • Committed MIS monitoring and assessment cell would be established at the Centre as well as State levels.

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