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On the lines of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (Clean India Mission) initiated by the Government of India to accomplish the vision of ‘Clean India’, the Ministry of AYUSH initiated Swasthya Rakshan Programme (SRP) through its national institutes and research councils to protect and promote health. The main objective of the programme is to provide AYUSH treatment and organize camps for screening and early diagnosis of diseases in rural areas. It also aims to create health awareness through health education and distribution of IEC material in local languages for better outreach and compliance.

The CCRUM initiated this programme during 2015–2016 through its 12 institutes/centres: Central Research Institutes of Unani Medicine (CRIUMs), Hyderabad and Lucknow; Regional Research Institutes of Unani Medicine (RRIUMs), Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Srinagar, Patna, Aligarh and Bhadrak; and Regional Research Centres (RRCs), Allahabad and Silchar. Five villages predominantly populated by underprivileged and weaker sections nearer to each institute / centre were identified for undertaking the programme.

The programme is undertaken by a team of six personnel comprising two doctors at each centre / institute. The team runs weekly OPD clinic in each village where screening of the visitors is conducted and healthy individuals are made aware about the disease preventive and health promoting measures and importance of hygiene and sanitation, whereas the diseased individuals are provided proper treatment along with awareness services. The team also conducts household survey of the village in order to record health data of the inhabitants. Besides, community awareness programme on sanitation and nutrition is organized through health camps for educating the villagers on strategies for prevention of disease and improving health.

During the reporting period, 60,604 individuals were screened, of which 56,234 were registered and treated with Unani medicines. The number of OPD attendance including 42,441 follow-ups reached 98,675. Most of the patients had joint diseases followed by gastrointestinal disorders and respiratory diseases. The healthy individuals were made aware about strategies for prevention of disease and improving health. As much as 565 health camps were also organized that benefited 24,720 individuals through health screening, awareness lectures and distribution of health literature.



Central Council for Research Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India