Lucknow: All systems of medicine and healing, including ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy, as well as yoga would be integrated in the system in government hospitals and primary health centres across Uttar Pradesh.

The programme officials told it would be funded under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). In the first phase, an official said, yoga and a therapeutic healthcare option would be tested in 27 districts and would later be integrated with a parallel health plan that includes other systems of medicines such as unani, homoeopathy and ayurveda.

The project has been allocated Rs.25 crore, with the money also being utilised to purchase and distribute ayurvedic, unani and homoeopathic medicines. The programme would be available at all government district hospitals, primary health centres (PHCs) and community health centres (CHCs). The experiment would not only be keenly watched but would also be pathbreaking, an official said."Till now, the basis of all healthcare was largely the allopathic system. Something like this is being tried for the first time," an official said.

There are more than 3,500 PHCs and 600-plus CHCs in Uttar Pradesh. Now, they would have full-time and some part-time experts from the parallel systems of medicine.Medicines, equipment and literature on the parallel systems would also be purchased.While there are more than 3,000 doctors and pharmacists related to ayurveda, homoeopathy and yoga, sources say they are usually under-utilised."We hope things would change with the funding and clarity of focus," Rajeev Sharma, a homoeopath, said.


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