A proposal to open Uttar Pradesh's first government naturopathy center in the Chaubepur area of Varanasi has been prepared by the state Ayush department and the draft has been sent to the Centre for approval.
Land for the naturopathy center has been identified in Chaubepur, Minister of State for Ayush (independent charge) Daya Shankar Mishra (Dayalu) told PTI on Thursday. Apart from this, the state government has set a target of opening 12,500 Ayush wellness centers and is preparing to open 1600 Ayush wellness centers by 2025. Out of this 500 centers have already been established, he said.
The minister said his department has started nine hospitals with 50 beds in different districts including Varanasi, Amethi, Kanpur Dehat, Kanpur Nagar, etc. These are integrated hospitals where treatment is given by methods of Ayurveda, Homeopathy, and Unani, he said. He said the government wants people to come forward to help open Ayush hospitals and those who have one acre or less land should donate it to build the hospitals.
The government will open such hospitals in the name of the parents or grandparents of the landowners, Mishra said. Till now two dozen land proposals for this have been received from different districts of the state, which are being considered for opening Ayush hospitals. With this initiative, the land will be available for hospitals and the names of the ancestors of the land givers will also become immortal, he added.
The minister also noted that during the pandemic people understood the importance of Ayurveda and now people are taking refuge in it for the treatment of lifestyle diseases.