Ayurshield- Ayurveda Immunity Clinics inaugurated
Thiruvanathapuram: In an initiative aimed at enhancing the immunity of masses, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday launched the ‘Ayur Shield’ project under which nearly 6000 Ayurveda clinics in the state will provide treatment to the public under a common protocol. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has tied up Ayurveda Medical Association of India (AMAI) and other Ayurvedic institutions and bodies like the Ayurvedic Medicine Manufacturers Organisation of India (AMMOI), and Ayurveda Hospital Management Association (AHMA) to roll out the project. “Ayursheild is a novel project to extend Ayurvedic support to the public health to fight against the pandemic and also this will be extended and converted as the new face of Ayurveda in the state,” said Dr. Raju Thomas, State President, Ayurveda Medical Association of India. Dr. Sadath Dinakar, General Secretary of Ayurveda Medical Association commented ” Continous training programs for the doctors are planned in this project which in turn nourishes the life of the common people in the state and Ayurveda will become the answer to recurrent epidemics hitting the state. Also, this will enable us to grab valuable foreign exchange by offering herbal rejuvenation treatments for the population affected by the pandemic.” “Ayur Shield will be an extension of government-run Ayur Raksha Clinics and both will work towards enhancing immunity among people and the development of the Ayurveda sector in Kerala. All these clinics will follow a common treatment protocol and all information will be documented. These documents will be compiled at the end of three months and handed over to the government to facilitate a scientific study. If need be, the project will be further extended,” said Dr P M Varier, Chief Physician, Kottakal Arya Vaidya Sala, who is also the Convenor, CII Ayurveda Panel. The objective of the Immunity Clinics is to enable the industry to provide collective simple solutions for the masses so that the entire population benefits from it. The model is expected to attract more people to these clinics and the data collected from these clinics can be shown as scientific proof for the way Ayurveda helps in enhancing people’s immunity. The project will help the state in showcasing the scope of the traditional holistic science to the world which will, in turn, help revive the sector and also result in increased employment opportunities, said Dr. S Sajikumar, former Chairman, CII Kerala State Council, & Managing Director Dhathri Ayurveda. “So far, there has been no prescribed treatment or drug against the deadly Covid-19. Experts in the field have reiterated that enhancing the immunity of the body is the only way to prevent viral afflictions. Ayurveda has already proven to be effective in immunity-boosting and has various medicines that can serve the purpose. The government and the private sector should work hand in hand to reach the benefits of these Ayurvedic formulations to the public. Further, it will help in gathering scientific evidence about the effectiveness of the traditional medicinal science,” Pinarayi Vijayan, said while inaugurating the project via teleconference in the presence of Health Minister K K Shailaja. “We need to encourage more Ayurveda research and popularize Ayurveda. Enhancing Immunity will prevent deaths in the state and hence such Immunity Clinics have huge significance,” she said. The ‘Ayur Shield’ will focus on bringing collaborative effort of all entities in the industry namely clinicians, drug manufacturers, and hospitals. Ten Thousand Doctors of Ayurveda Medical Association of India will become the part of Ayurshield and Ayurveda Clinics and hospitals run by the members of AMAI will have a uniform protocol in the management of epidemics and lifestyle disorders. In the next level, Ayurshield will be elevated as a complete health care package of Ayurveda catering to the needs of the whole world. AMAI leaders are optimistic in this venture because of the support of the government and the industry to bring great positive changes.
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