The Union Ayush Minister, Shripad Yesso Naik during his visit at AIIA (All India Institute of Ayurveda), New Delhi on 28th July 2020, announced that it has started providing free testing and treatment to patients in its COVID 19 Health Centre (CHC). He reviewed the arrangements and expressed his satisfaction by inaugurating intensive care of CHC which has been equipped with ventilator facility and all other standard provisions of ICU.

The Institute has an important role in preventive and curative health care and research areas under the aegis of the Ministry of AYUSH like Ashwagandha, Neem, Kalamegha, and Giloy. The Minister interacted with the team of doctors and enquired about the well-being of the patients at the center. The government of Delhi designated AIIA as the COVID-19 testing center for RT-PCR and Rapid antigen testing.  For handling general public queries telephonically, a call center was also established.

‘AYURAKSHA’ program for 80,000 Delhi Police personnel under the directions of the Ministry of AYUSH was praised by the ministry. Delhi Police being the frontline warriors are being given AYURAKSHA kit for boosting the immunity and increasing quality of life against the virus. The kit contained Sanshamani Vati, AYUSH kadha, and Anu Taila for nasal application. More than 1.58Lakhs of kits have already been distributed in two phases with an overall compliance of more than 90%.

The feedbacks were analyzed and sought with the help of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) for the facilities provided and the results of treatment by Ayurvedic medicines. Positive feedback is being reported from the personnel with decreased anxiety levels, feeling of general well-being, and reduction in minor symptoms like cold and cough. The observation stated that there has been a decline in the incidence of trend-line for COVID-19 as compared to trends of the general population in Delhi.

“The spirit, enthusiasm, courage, and efforts of the whole team of AIIA in providing care to COVID patients on the basis of principles of Ayurveda. AIIA is playing an exemplary role in providing Holistic care through individualized Ayurveda Medicine, diet, Yoga, and Relaxation techniques to COVID-19 patients across India”, praised the Ministry.

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