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AP plans hospitals with alternative medical care facilities,

Andhra Pradesh’s Department of AYUSH plans to open hospitals with alternative medical care facilities and wellness centres in different parts of the State.

A vision plan of the Department was discussed at the first meeting of National AYUSH Mission Governing Body, chaired by Chief Secretary I Y R Krishna Rao here today, an official release said.

Creation of 30 bedded hospitals in every Revenue Division, preferably in an integrated manner — Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Homeopathy along with Yoga centres nearby the dispensaries – as well as 50 bedded hospitals in every district headquarters are part of this plan.

It also talked about establishment of wellness centres in all Municipalities and Municipal Corporations and temple towns in association with Endowments and Tourism Departments, and 10-20 bedded hospitals in Mandal headquarters.

Upgradation of existing dispensaries, hospitals and teaching institutions of Ayurveda and Homeopathy was also required, it was stated.

“In order to achieve the vision goals and objectives of AYUSH Department, the Government of Andhra Pradesh may look for PPP (public-private-partnership) if necessary, to serve the people of the State with alternative medical systems to choose other than Allopathy, as the State is newly formed and heavy investments may not be possible in all the sectors,” the Chief Secretary was quoted as saying.

The main objective of the Department is to provide medicare facilities to the people of the State through Ayurvedic, Unani and Homeopathy systems of medicine.

Special Chief Secretary Health L V Subrahmanyam, Secretary Finance M Ravichandra and Commissioner AYUSH D Nalini Mohan were among those who attended the meeting.