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Department of Ayurveda

BACKGROUND
Department of Ayurveda (DoA) is one of the three departments within the Ministry of Health and Population. Department of Ayurveda was established in 2038 B.S Before that time, the Ayurvedic health services was implemented and managed by Ayurveda section within the Department of Health services. Ayurveda is the most ancient medical system based on the herbal, minerals and animal products. It advocates simple and therapeutic for restoring good health.

At present Ayurvedic health services are being delivered through two Ayurveda Hospitals (one 100 bedded at Naradevi, Kathmandu & other 30 bedded at Bijauri, Dang), 14 Zonal Ayurveda Aushadhalayas, 61 District Ayurveda Health centers and 214 Ayurveda Aushadhalayas in the country. Ayurveda and Alternative Medicine unit in the Ministry of Health and Populations (MoHP) formulates policies and guidelines for the traditional medical system.

Human Resources
Altogether 1524 posts have been sanctioned within the Department of Ayurveda. Of which 791 posts are technical, 98 are administrative and 635 posts are supporting level (office assistance).

Population and Ayurveda Institution Ratio
The ratios between population and Ayurveda institution are as follows:
•    Population per Hospital: 134 million
•    Population per District Ayurveda Health Centers: 44 million; and
•    Population per Ayurveda Dispensaries: 0.125 million.

Objectives
•    To expand and develop functional physical Ayurvedic health infrastructure;
•    To improve a quality control mechanism for Ayurvedic health services throughout the country;
•    To develop and manage the required human resources;
•    To mobilize the adequate resources for medicinal plants;
•    To promote community participation in the management of the health facility & utilization of local herbs;
•    To procure, store and distribute the Ayurvedic medicine & other allied materials;
•    To promote health status & sustainable development of Ayurveda system using locally available medicinal plants;
•    To promote positive attitudes towards health care & awareness of health issues;

STRATEGIES
•    Preventive, promotive & curative health services will be made available in the rural areas;
•    Establishment & development of Ayurveda institutions;
•    Strengthening & expansion of Ayurvedic health services;
•    Develop skilled manpower required for various health facilities;
•    Strengthening of monitoring & supervision activities;
•    Development of information, education & communication center in the Department;
•    Develop Inter sectoral co-ordination with education ministry, Forestry, local development sector & other NGO's & INGO's;
•    Establishment of regional Ayurveda Hospitals & Ayurveda Dispensaries;
•    Establishment of research & training center of international level;
•    National & international level training for the capacity development of its human resources.

PROGRAMMES
•    Establishment and strengthening of rural pharmacies;
•    Establishment of national Ayurveda research and training center;
•    Establishment of model herbal garden;
•    Procurement & supply of furniture and equipments (medical, surgical and vehicle);
•    Procurement & supply of Ayurvedic medicines in different Ayurveda institutions;
•    Preparation & publication of Ayurvedic Pharmacopeia's of Nepal;
•    In-service training (CME);
•    Conduction of free Ayurvedic health camps;
•    Conduction of traditional healers training (district wide);
•    Training on Panchakarma, Hospital management & Ksharsutra;
•    Construction, Maintenance & repair of Ayurvedic institution;
•    Production of powder (Churna) medicine in rural pharmacies & district level;
•    Ayurvedic health education for School students;
•    Supervision and monitoring of Ayurvedic institution;
•    Regional Review.


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