AYUSH, Defence ministry inks MoU to provide traditional medicine

Union Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homoeopathy) and Ministry of Defence signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for integration of AYUSH under health establishments of Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS) i.e. to provide traditional medicine services at the armed forces’ hospitals and dispensaries. The MoU was signed on the occasion of inauguration of Ayurveda Palliative Care Unit at Palliative Care Centre at the Base Hospital, Delhi Cantonment, New Delhi by Union Minister of AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik.

Key Highlights of MoU

Under the MoU, Ayurveda Units will also be established at the Palliative Care Centres at the Army Research and Referral Hospital, Air Force Hospital, Hindon (Ghaziabad) and 5 identified Ex- Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) Polyclinics (in Delhi –NCR).

Significance:  Indian soldiers work in challenging environmental conditions right from glaciers of Siachin to desserts of Thar, which takes a toll on their physical as well as mental health, thus Ayurveda and Yoga can help Indian army soldiers to attain best of physical and mental health and improve their endurance. Ayurveda medicines and Panchkarma procedures such as Snehana and Swedana are very effective in treating work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

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