AYUSH in Chandigarh – A separate Directorate of ISM&H in U.T., Chandigarh was created in February, 1998. The term AYUSH is described as Ayurveda (A), Yoga and Naturopathy (Y), Unani (U), Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa (S) & Homoeopathy (H) systems constitute AYUSH. The Department of Indian System of Medicine & Homoeopathy (ISM&H) was created in March, 1995 and was renamed as Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, & Homoeopathy in November, 2003, with a view to provide focused attention to develop Education and Research in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, & Homoeopathy systems. The Ministry of AYUSH is formed on 9th November, 2014 for providing more health care to the public.
The AYUSH Department, Chandigarh is providing preventive, promotive and curative health care to the community. Ayurvedic and Homoeopathic System of medicines are very popular in Chandigarh.
- 1. To provide cost effective AYUSH Services, with a universal access through upgrading AYUSH Dispensaries, co-location of AYUSH facilities at Community Health Centres (CHCs) and District Hospitals (DHs) in Chandigarh.
- 2. To strengthen institutional capacity at the state level through upgrading AYUSH educational institutions, State Govt. ASU&H Pharmacies, Drug Testing Laboratories and ASU & H enforcement mechanism.
- 3. Support cultivation of medicinal plants by adopting Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) so as to provide sustained supply of quality raw materials and support certification mechanism for quality standards, Good Agricultural/Collection/Storage Practices.
- 4. Support setting up of clusters through convergence of cultivation, warehousing, value addition and marketing and development of infrastructure for entrepreneurs.
AYUSH SETUP IN CHANDIGARH:
- There were 6 Homoeopathic and 7 Ayurvedic Dispensaries under Chandigarh Administration and 1 Ayurvedic Dispensary was functioning under ESIC. A Homoeopathic Dispensaries (every Tuesday) is functioning in Police Hospital, sector-26, Chandigarh.
- With the introduction of National Rural Health Mission/ now National Health Mission, 4 Homoeopathic, 3 Ayurvedic and 1 Unani Dispensaries were also opened due to increasing demand of AYUSH services by the public. Under Adarsh Sansad Gram Yojna AYUSH dispensaries have been started in village Sarangpur. A weekly Health Camp is being held at vill. Khuda Ali Sher every Thursday where AYUSH services are being provided by AYUSH consultants.
- A Yoga consultant is also posted under National Health Mission for providing Yoga services to the public.
- A Panchkarma Centre at Govt. Ayurvedic Dispensary, Sector 28, Chandigarh has been established for providing ancient therapy of Ayurveda to the general public at large.
- The Govt. of India, Ministry of AYUSH, New Delhi has recently introduced National AYUSH Mission (NAM) with a view to promote AYUSH facilities in India wherein there is a proposal to start AYUSH Integrated Hospital and AYUSH Educational Institutions in UT, Chandigarh to provide all AYUSH services under one roof.
- Yoga activities at various places in UT, Chandigarh have also been planned to be introduced at School level to facilitate the general public under National AYUSH Mission.
- Co-location of a Homoeopathic and an Ayurvedic Dispensary at CHC-45, is under progress.