India has pluralistic healthcare delivery system and provides integrated services: Azad
New Delhi, Feb 12 : India has a pluralistic healthcaredelivery system where the Government provides opportunity to every recognised medical system to develop and practice with a view to provide integrated and holistic healthcare services, Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad saidtoday.
In his inaugural speech at the 'International Conference on Traditional Medicine for South East Asian Countries', Mr Azad said it was open to patronising best practices and proven
standards for the benefit of the people.
''There is a peaceful co-existence of Allopathy with Ayurveda, Yoga, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa, Unani and Homoeopathy in our country,''
Mr Azad said.
He said all these medical systems were being utilised in
the national healthcare delivery system, each to its potential and availability in different parts of the country.
The aim was to provide accessible, affordable, safe and quality healthcare to the people, he added.
''There is a separate Department of AYUSH for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Sowa-Rigpa and Homeopathy in the Health Ministry to look after traditional
medicine,'' he maintained.
Traditional medicine services have been incorporated in the public health delivery system since 1960s when AYUSH
facilities were set up under one roof in the Central Government Health Scheme dispensaries for the benefit of central government employees, he informed.
The process of mainstreaming has been further augmented under the National Rural Health Mission, with co-location of traditional medicine and homeopathy facilities in the primary health network and capacity building of AYUSH practitioners in the national programmes of reproductive and child health, safe child birth, school health, anaemia control and malaria eradication, he added.