Union Health Minister J P Nadda on Monday called upon allopathic doctors to accommodate doctors from other disciplines to improve healthcare and meet the shortage of doctors in the country.
Addressing a gathering of deans of government medical colleges and private doctors at the concluding session of Vision Aarogyam — 2020 organised by the Vaidakiya Vikas Manch, he said, “We need to keep an open mind and each pathy has to be respected.”
He announced that the national health policy would be declared soon and the ministry has invited experts to suggest various measures that would help strike a balance between primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare.
Admitting shortage of doctors, he said, “I was the one who allowed ayurveda, yoga, unani, siddha and homeopathy (AYUSH) doctors to play a role in primary healthcare.”
He pointed out that a committee of experts from Medical Council of India, Indian Medical Association and health ministry has submitted recommendations to ensure that primary healthcare in rural areas is formidable and viable.
“An integrated approach is needed for healthcare,” he said.
He said at the proposed 11 All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), apart from an emergency section, OPD and IPD, the government has also decided to set up an AYUSH centre.