MLA Haupu mulls Ayush hospital at Singhat

KAIMUANTHANG MANGTE
CCPUR, 28th May: 
Noting absence of viable healthcare facilities in remote areas of the state, especially in villages located near the inter-state and international borders, GS Haupu, who is the Singhat (Singngat) assembly constituency MLA and MANIREDA chairman, has assured to highlight plights of the villagers to the government of Manipur.
Speaking as chief guest during inauguration of a two-day Ayush medical camp at New Market Yard, Singngat village in Churachandpur district on Monday, the local MLA stressed that villages having substantial population deserve to have at-least one permanent healthcare centre.
Pending government sanction for setting up of major hospitals, the government will do great service to villagers bereft of basic healthcare services in case relevant processes are initiated to set up at-least one Ayush hospital, he said.
From his side, MLA Haupu assured to propose and prevail upon the health minister for setting up an Ayush hospital at Singngat on priority basis along with pointing out Ayush medicines are comparatively cheaper than allopathic medicines and have no side effects.
While conveying gratitude to the army authorities for conducting the Ayush medical camp, he also advised the villagers to take full advantage of the rare opportunity of getting examined and availing medicines free of cost.
The villagers were also briefed on the various benefits that could be availed in case they enrolled under the Chief Ministergi Hakselgi Tengbang scheme.
He also thanked the army for their ceaseless endeavours towards address some basic problems besetting villagers in remote areas of the state, such as taking up projects for supply drinking water.
In his address, additional director (Ayush) Dr M Shyamjai Singh, while disclosing that the state government is planning to set up a 10-bedded Ayush hospital at Singngat, informed that for treatment of JE and Swine Flu, medicines worth Rs 22 lakh were distributed when the viral disease broke out in the area.
He also stressed that, pending construction of the Ayush hospital, authorities concerned need to depute AYUSH doctor at Singngat PHC to address health concerns of the people.
Explaining that Ayush treatment is basically centred on herbal products, the additional director said that in Manipur state, Ayurveda, homeopathy and Yoga and Nature Cure are gaining popularity with each passing day.
The Ministry of AYUSH is giving serious emphasis on developing and popularising healthcare facilities based on nature cure and has been implementing various sponsored schemes under the National AYUSH Mission Society to meet the objective of a healthy society and people, he said and added that the ministry schemes include extending financial assistance for setting up 10/50-bedded integrated hospitals, Yoga wellness centres, school health programmes, and support for medicines and infrastructure.
Meanwhile, a PIB (Defence Wing) statement informed that the Ayush medical camp was organised by Singngat Battalion of 27 Sector Assam Rifles to facilitate people settling in remote border areas to gain access to basic healthcare services.
As a part of the camp, which is being conducted under the supervision of 14 doctors and support staff of the Department of Ayush, an awareness campaign was also conducted for the local populace.
Holistic treatment focused on traditional forms of medicines like Ayurveda, Homeopathy and healing therapies to improve health was imparted by the Ayush team on the first of the camp during which about 800 villagers, including 200 school students availed various benefits, it added.


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