Punjab govt recruits 116 Ayurvedic medical officers

Punjab’s Health and Family Welfare Minister Madan Mohan Mittal on Friday said that the health department has 116 Ayurvedic Medical officers have been recruited to fill all vacant posts in various dispensaries and strengthen the Ayurvedic wing.
Mittal said that it was after so many years that recruitment has been made in the Ayurvedic wing and he will personally handover appointment letters to these officers.
“Punjab has 200 Primary Health Centres, 5 Ayurvedic Hospitals, 7 Indian System of Medicines (ISM) wings amd Panchkarma Centre at Mohali are being equipped with latest Ayurvedic facilities and infrastructure is also being strengthened,” Mittal said adding that the health department plans to establish 12 specialty clinics in Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and seven new Indian System of Medicines (ISM) wings in the district hospitals of Mansa, Patiala, Kapurthala, Moga, Muktsar, Faridkot and Fatehgarh Sahib.
Mittal added that the daily average patients coming for treatment at the dispensaries has gone from 15 to 35 and the Arogya Melas organised in different districts of the state are getting very good response.
Mittal said that the department has sought a grant of Rs 67.5 crore from the Centre, for the year 2013-14 to strengthen the Indian Medical System.
Meanwhile, Director, Ayurveda Rakesh Sharma said that there are 296 manufacturing units for Ayurvedic medicines in Punjab and it is now all set to see the Herbal Health Research Consortium Pvt Ltd (HHRC project) promoted by the Department of Ayush in collaboration with 29 Ayurvedic manufacturers at Amritsar.