The total project outlay for capacity expansion at NEIAH is ₹217.02 crores: Sarbananda

Shillong, February 23: The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal launched multiple projects to scale up capacity at the North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homoeopathy (NEIAH) at its campus in Mawdiangdiang in the city today.

The Ayush Minister inaugurated the Guest House while laying foundation stones for the Administrative Building, Pharmacy Building, as well as the Boundary wall with Periphery Road complete with external electrification including entry & exit gates.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal  said that  With the scaling up of capacity at NEIAH, we have a unique opportunity to learn, collaborate and build on strengths as we strive to establish proof for each formulation of traditional medicine with scientific evidence.

It is a moment of great realisation that the institute has already trained nearly one thousand experts in Ayurveda and Homoeopathy put together. This has greatly bolstered the healthcare delivery system in the region, especially in Meghalaya, as we move closer to realise the vision of our dynamic Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji of a Swastha Bharat.

This new brigade of physicians, armed with evidence-based formulations of the Ayush system of medicine, will help people to avail benefits. They are closer to our age-old home remedies prevalent among local societies for thousands of years, but now with a wider array of scientifically proven patient care solutions to treat as many diseases. Heal in India, healed by India is the objective of the resurgent movement of Ayush.

The newly inaugurated Guest House has a total area of 1780.56 SqM to provide accommodation and conference facilities. The eco-friendly building is complete with all modern amenities. The upcoming Administrative Building of NEIAH, with a floor area of 3160 SqM, will have one building (G+3) with a floor basement, including a multi-purpose hall.

The estimated cost of this building is pegged at ₹27.30 crores. The pharmacy building will be built with an investment of ₹15.33 crores for a G+3 building with 1833 SqM. The boundary wall with Periphery Road with external electrification including Entry/Exit Gate is being built at an estimated cost of ₹12.72 crores.

Adding further, Sarbananda Sonowal said, “The Narendra Modiji government intends to enable and empower our tribal healing practices to move beyond their historic communities and boundaries and help humanity to live an enriched quality of life and devolve commercial opportunities for the region.

While infrastructure and other physical structures are important for superior results in research & development, the new capacity scale-up at NEIAH will bolster the resurgence of traditional medicine under the inspiring leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji.

The government remains committed to building the capacity of NEIAH so that it becomes a cradle of the top human resource institution of Ayush in the country. In last year, the Modi government has invested more than ₹145 crores to scale up capacity at NEIAH. The total project outlay for capacity expansion at NEIAH is ₹217.02 crores.”

The Ayush Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also announced that Periperal OPD services will be started at Smit, East Khasi Hills district which will potentially be accessed by 40,000 people living in 20 villages. The minister also informed that NEIAH has started Swarnabindu Prashan Sanskar (Ayurvedic Immunno Modulation in Children) at its Ayurveda Hospital.

With this programme, the government is helping patients with Ayurvedic solutions to treat Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA) among tribal females between 18 and 45 years in Mawpat and Mylliem Block of East Khasi Hills district under the AYURSWASTHYA Yojana.

NEIAH has been particularly helping patients with interventions like Panchakarma, Ksharasutra, Uttarabasti and Yoga to improve their quality of life. As more and more students are trained in these techniques, including via a specialised Panchakarma Technician programme, we expect the Ayush system of medicine to become more popular, and widely available with deep healthcare benefits.

“India under the dynamic leadership of PM Narendra Modiji has successfully taken the movement of traditional medicinal practices to a resurgent level at the global stage.

A revitalised Ayush has helped build strength to our thousands of years old traditional medicinal practices as it continues to embark on this journey by bringing in tribal and folk medicine into its fold with an ultimate aim to build robust & scientifically proven healthcare solutions to enrich the quality of human lives, regain physical fitness and mental happiness,” remarked Sarbananda Sonowal.

The Union Minister of State for Ayush and Women & Child Development, Dr Munjapara Mahendra also virtually joined on the occasion. The Secretary of Ayush, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha; the Vice Chancellor of Northeast Hill University (NEHU), Prof PS Shukla; the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Ayush, BK Singh; along with the Director, NEIAH, Prof Neeta Maheskar also graced the occasion.

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