Patients at government hospitals can now choose between ayurveda or allopathy or a combination of both to treat certain ailments.
From October 24 to November 14, the state is set to hold massive screening camps in all the 36 districts for diabetes and use ayurveda.
Ayurveda has recently become popular in government hospitals for treating kidney stones, arthritis, cardio-vascular ailments and urinary problems. For diseases that require non-surgical intervention and can be handled easily, medical officers have started referring patients to BAMS doctors.
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Currently, 261 institutes in Maharashtra, including district, rural and sub-district hospitals, have an ayurvedic doctor. The state has over 700 posts for ayurvedic doctors of which 60 are vacant. “We have asked for sanctioning of posts in sub-district and rural hospitals,” said Dr Jyoti Rai, program officer of Ayush cell.
With the demand for medical practitioners increasing and not enough posts getting filled by allopathic doctors in rural areas, the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) has started expanding its medical posts by recruiting ayurvedic doctors.
For three weeks starting October 24, MBBS doctors will join ayurvedic doctors in spreading awareness on diabetes. The DHS is set to hold lectures along with yoga sessions.
“The idea is to use ayurveda to prevent diabetes, not treat it, in the campaign. Our specialists will hold camps every day and teach exercises,” Rai said.
Ayurvedic doctors will also prescribe medicines or suggest simple ways of treating ailments. The DHS has additionally recruited one yoga teacher in every district.
Over the next three weeks, each district will have over four ayurvedic professionals who will raise awareness of the ancient system of medicine for treatment of certain ailments.
According to Dr Balasaheb Mote, coordinator of non-communicable diseases cell at DHS, a simultaneous drive to register more diabetis patients will be undertaken in 17 districts where the state government is running the non-communicable diseases control programme for prevention and control of cancer, diabetes, cardio-vascular disease and strokes.
November 14 is observed as World Diabetes Day. In the run-up to it, the central government has also decided to select six districts across India for diabetes prevention using Ayush.