An AYUSH help desk would be set up for the patients of the Covid-19 by the departments of Homoeopathic, Ayurveda and Yunani in Uttarakhand.
This desk would provide special AYUSH Kits for the patients who are in home isolation and those who are visiting hospitals for treatment of Covid-19 patients. Informing about the AYUSH helpline, the minister of environment, forests and AYUSH, Harak Singh Rawat said that a sum of Rs 5.85 crore has been released for it and efforts would be made to provide kits to the patients within 24 hours of the demand. The desk would function 24 x 7 and the AYUSH doctors would attend the calls made to the help desk.
The Minister had an emergency meeting with the officers of Homoeopathy, Ayurveda and Yunani at his office in Vidhan Sabha on Wednesday. In the meeting the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic was discussed. Discussing the Help desk the ministers said that the patients would be provided counselling and AYUSH kits free of cost. The minister also directed the officials to prepare recruitment proposals so that AYUSH doctors are available in different health centres of the state as per the norms.
It was also decided that 60 beds would be kept in reserve at Government Ayurveda medical college located in the campus of Ayurveda University in Harrawala for Covid-19 patients. It was decided that 20 of these beds would have an oxygen support system. The minister directed the Registrar to prepare a proposal regarding Covid-19 hospital immediately. He announced facilities like insurance and others would be provided to the AYUSH doctors engaged in treatment of Covid-19 patients on the lines of allopathic doctors.
The minister opined that with the setting up of the help desk, Ayurveda Covid hospitals and appointment of Ayush doctors the option of primary treatment for Covid-19 patients would be available in the rural areas and it would also reduce the load of major hospitals.
The meeting was attended by AYUSH secretary D Senthil Pandian, Homoeopathy services director Dr A B Bhatt, Ayurveda and Yunani services director Dr M P Singh and registrar of Ayurveda University Utam Kumar Sharma among others.