Traditional medicines such as Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) and doctors practicing these streams are being engaged to address the shortage of medical practitioners in rural areas by the government.
AYUSH Minister of State Shri Shripad Yesso Naik said, "Mainstreaming of AYUSH is one of the core strategies in National Rural Health Mission which seeks to provide accessible, affordable and quality healthcare to the rural population. Under National Health Mission (NHM)/ National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), engagement of Ayurveda Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) doctors/ paramedics is being supported, provided they are co-located with existing District Hospitals (DHs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Primary Health Centres (PHCs)."
He also said that the government is trying to train AYUSH doctors, as there is shortage of skilled health care personnel in the rural areas.
The Central Government has approved a sum of Rs.54351.02 lakhs for allocation to all States and Union Territories for mainstreaming AYUSH under the National Rural Health Mission for the year 2014-15.