Mainstreaming AYUSH in Kerala
- One of the objectives of the National Rural Health Mission was to deepen the reach and enhance the effectiveness of alternative systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH).
- Several states did encourage the setting up of separate AYUSH facilities, including an AYUSH doctor in public health institutions to offer patients greater choice and flexibility in health services available to them.
- Yet, Kerala has thus far kept AYUSH out of the public health system of the State. Despite being one of India’s leading states in public healthcare, Kerala is the only state which has failed to explore the possibility of mainstreaming AYUSH within its robust network of public health institutions.
- Lately though, the State government has been taking steps to remedy the situation, and the proposed new National AYUSH Mission (NAM) is a golden opportunity.