Government promoting Indian System of Medicine
India System of Medicine (ISM) is playing a vital role in providing quality health care facilities to the people of the State. This system of medicine is not only effective, but devoid of any side effects. The State Government is committed to popularize Ayush treatment in the State by strengthening the existing Ayurvedic institutions in the State.
Presently, 1112 Ayurvedic Health Centres, 32 Ayush Hospitals, 14 Homoeopathic health centre, 3 Unani Centre and 4 Amchi Clinics are providing quality ISM treatment facility to the people of the State.
With a view to strengthen Ayurveda department, the State Government has appointed 83 Ayurvedic Medical Officer (AMO) besides six AMOs have been promoted as Senior Chikitsak. The State Government is also ensuring strengthening of the existing Ayurvedic institutions. Presently, the State has one Homoeopathy College, one B. Pharma College at Jogindernagar, three Government Ayurvedic Pharmacies at Joginder Nagar in Mandi district, Paprola in Kangra district and Majra in Sirmour district. Besides this, one Drug Testing Laboratory at Joginder Nagar and four Herbal Gardens at Joginder Nagar in Mandi district, Neri in Hamirpur district, Dhumrera in Shimla and Jungle-Jhalera in Bilaspur District are also functioning in the State.
All the functional posts in the Department are being been filled up on priority to provide better health care facilities to the people. Ayurveda Health Centre at Upper Majhetli in Kangra district has been upgraded to 10 bedded Ayurvedic Hospital and 8 posts of different categories have been created for this Institution.
The State Government is also carrying out training and extension activities to popularizing this system of treatment. Training and exposure visits are also being conducted in Research Institute in ISM at Jogindernagar in Mandi district. As many as 34 exposures visits and training camps were organised during the last three years, which has benefited 462 students and 547 farmers.
During the year 2015-16, the State Government has provided general medical treatment to 43,65,587 patients, panchkarma service to 23,893 and Ksharsutra facility to 19,224 patients. In addition, multi specialty camps were organised at far flung areas at Pooh, Sangla and Rekong Peo by the specialists of Kaya-Chikitsa, Ortho, Shalya and Shalkya Tantra. Medical camp was also organised during international Kullu Dussehra. Besides this, Herbal medicinal plants were also exhibited during the Dussehra festival, so as to make people aware of the Indian System of Medicine and medicinal value of plants.
Multi-specialty camps of specialized treatment in Ksharsutra (Piles), Sowa-Rigpa (Tibetan), Siddha, Unani, Homoeopathy and Ayurvevda were organized at Shamoli, Chirgoan, Chapoti and Hatkoti in Rohroo division of Shimla district. Apart from it, specialty treatment camps in medicine, ortho, gynecology, panchkarma and ENT etc. were organized at Guler, Badal, Thore, Gallour and Ayurveda Hospital, Dehra in Kangra district. under outreach health activities scheme.
With these pro-active initiatives undertaken by the State Government, the India System of Medicine is bound to go a long way in supplementing the efforts of the Government in providing best health care facilities to the people of the State at their door-steps.