Kerala gearing up to be a total Ayurveda state

Dr. Manojkumar wins Charaka Award for Best Ayurveda Doctor in Kerala                                                     

Kerala is the third state in country has full fledged Ayush department for the promotion of Ayurveda and other Indian system of medicine. The budget allocation for the health sector has crossed 1100 cr. In the state budget 2016-17. Five years ago the total allocation for health sector in the state has less than 300 cr.

 Kerala is all set to become the first state in the country to have Ayurveda and Homoeopathy systems in all the panchayats. The state would achieve this unique feat by bringing the remaining five panchayats under Ayurveda and around 40 under Homeopathy.

“The government, right from the beginning, has been promoting traditional systems of medicine in the state. Now, ayurveda dispensaries have to be opened in only five more panchayats and homeopathy dispensaries in less than 40,” said Mr. V.S Sivakumar, Health Minister, Kerala, while distributing the State award for best ayurbeda doctors, instituted by Ayush Department, Government of Kerala.

The Ashtangaratna award instituted by the state government for lifetime contributions to Ayurveda was given to K. Malathy, Former Principal of Govt. Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram; the Dhanwantari award for contributions in the area of treatment and research was given to T.N. Yatheendran of Navaneetham Ayurveda Centre, Kollam.

Dr. A. Manoj Kumar of  Senior Medical officer, Govt. Ayurveda Dispensary, Pulamanthol, Malappuram district, has been selected for the Charaka Award for the best doctor in the Indian systems of medicine, the Aathreya Award for the best ayurveda college teacher has been bagged by Dr. C. Raghunathan Nair of Kannur Government Ayurveda College. Dr. V. Sreekumar has been selected for the Vagbhada Award for the best doctor in the private sector.

The award consists of a plaque and cash prize of Rs 25,000 for Ashtangaratna Award and Rs 15,000 for other awards. Mr. V. S Sivakumar, Health Minister, Kerala distributed the awards. 

The Ashtangaratna award carries a cash prize of Rs. 25,000, while all others carry a cash prize of Rs.15, 000 and the awards also carry a plaque.

Mr. Sivakumar has also added that,  It was government policy to strengthen the traditional system of medicine in the state. A separate AYUSH Department was set up exclusively for the development of traditional medicines. 

“If  to fetch the popularity it deserves, the 5000-year-old Ayurveda should receive legitimate modernization, The recently concluded Global Ayurveda Festival at Kozhikode that has been organized biennially since 2012 could contribute a lot in making Ayurveda popular. In order to obtain public impression and trust for Ayurveda at par with modern medical science, the former needed the inputs of technologies like digitalization and strong scientific research frameworks,” Minister added.

Mr. K. Muraleedharan MLA presided over the function and Mr. V.K. Prashanth, Mayor of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation delivered the key note address. Dr. M. Beena IAS, Secretary, Ayush Department, Kerala has welcomed the gathering.


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