On the occasion of National Ayurveda Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) at Delhi’s Sarita Vihar on Tuesday.
The first ever AIIA has been set up along the lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Build up as an apex institute under the ministry of AYUSH, the institution is expected to bring synergy between the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools and technology.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today dedicated the All India Institute of Ayurveda, in New Delhi, to the nation.
Speaking on this occasion, the Prime Minister congratulated the gathering on the celebration of Dhanvantari Jayanti as Ayurveda Divas. He complimented the Ministry of AYUSH for the establishment of the All India Institute of Ayurveda.
The Prime Minister asserted that nations cannot progress unless they value and cherish their history and heritage. Those nations who leave their heritage behind, are destined to lose their identity, he added.
The Prime Minister said that when India was not independent, its knowledge, and its traditions such as Yoga and Ayurveda were belittled. Attempts were even made to reduce the faith that Indians had on them, he added. He said that in the last three years, this situation has changed to quite an extent; and the faith of the people is being restored in the best of our heritage. The pride in our heritage is reflected in the way people gather for Ayurveda Day or Yoga Day, he added.
The Prime Minister said that Ayurveda is not just a medical practice, but encompasses public health and environment health as well. That is why the Government has laid stress on integrating Ayurveda, Yoga and other AYUSH systems into the public healthcare system.
The Prime Minister said that the Government is working towards establishing an Ayurveda hospital in every district of the country. He said that more than 65 AYUSH hospitals have been developed in the last three years.
The Prime Minister said that herbal and medicinal plants can be a significant source of income, globally, and India should leverage its capabilities in this regard. He said the Union Government has approved 100 percent FDI in healthcare systems.
The Prime Minister said that the Government is focused on providing affordable healthcare for the poor. He said the stress has been on preventive healthcare, and improving affordability and access to treatment. He said Swachhata – or cleanliness – is a simple mechanism of preventive healthcare. He said the Union Government has got 5 crore toilets built in three years.
The Prime Minister said that new AIIMS are being established to help the people get better access to healthcare. He mentioned measures such as capping prices of stents and knee implants; and establishment of Jan Aushadhi Kendras for providing medicines at affordable prices.
आयुष मंत्री ने बताया कि इस संस्थान ने गुणवत्तापूर्ण मरीज देखभाल सुविधा प्रदान करने, अनुसंधान करने, आयुर्वेद उत्पादों की गुणवत्ता, सुरक्षा एवं प्रभावकारिता के बारे में वैज्ञानिक जानकारी सुलभ कराने में कमी को दूर करने और आयुर्वेदिक शिक्षा, अनुसंधान एवं स्वास्थ्य देखभाल के मानक विकसित करने की दिशा में काम करना शुरू कर दिया है।
श्रीपद नाइक ने कहा कि पहले चरण में 157 करोड़ रुपये के बजट के साथ 10.015 एकड़ भूमि के कुल परिसर क्षेत्र के भीतर एआईआईए को स्थापित किया गया है। इसमें एनएबीएच से मान्यता प्राप्त अस्पताल और एक शैक्षणिक ब्लॉक है। एआईआईए के अस्पताल खंड में मरीज सेवा प्रदान की जा रही है और दवाएं मुफ्त में दी जा रही हैं।