Work on Rs 9-crore project to start in two months in Aundh; govt promises state-of-the-art facilities
Maharashtra’s first 50-bed hospital dedicated to Ayush — ayurveda, yoga, unani, siddha and homeopathy — medications will shortly come up on the Aundh District Hospital premises. As a part of the Union government’s initiative, Pune will be the first city in the state to get an Ayush hospital. The facility costing Rs 9 crore will be set up on one acre of land.
Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, deputy director of health services, Pune circle (Pune, Solapur, Satara), said, “The main objective of the hospital is to focus on wellness of health rather than treatment. There will be 30 beds for indoor patients and 20 in the outpatient department. There will be a separate unit for yoga where common people as well as patients can practise along with dedicated units of panchakarma apart from a team of dedicated ayurveda and homeopathic doctors,” he said.
Funds worth Rs 2 crore has been approved by Ayush ministry and the work is expected to start within a couple of months. The allocation comes in response to the proposal sent a couple of years ago to the Ayush ministry.
Dr RK Shelke, civil surgeon, Pune, said, “While the grant for the hospital has come from the Union Ayush ministry, the hospital will be public health department’s concern. The departments of all ayurveda, yoga, unani, siddha and homeopathy will be dedicated to the respective medical branch. Facilities for massage, therapies, nutrition, diet, yoga will be available at the hospital.”
Dr Shelke added, “The dedicated staff, doctors, paramedical, infrastructure and paramedical staff will follow the Ayush ministry protocol. There are several diseases for which the ancient form of medicines and therapies are a boon, but not everyone can avail this due to expenses. Once the hospital starts functioning, many people can avail the benefit free of cost or at subsidised rates.”