Chitwan: Ayurveda treatment has increasingly gained ground in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. It may be noted that 56,123 people received Ayurveda treatment service through the District Ayurveda Helath Centre, Ratnanagar and its subordinating offices in the fiscal year 2077/78 BS.
Among the service recipients are 9,299 (OPD service), 2,843 (Yoga service), 2,794 (Purbakarma-Panchakarma service), 1,000 (senior citizen service), 1,089 (lactating mother and pediatric service), 11,044 (citizen well-being health service) and 813 (other service).
Likewise, as many as 29, 823 people received pharmacy service during the reporting time. In the fiscal year 2076/77 BS, a total of 8,712 people had received service while 12,665 obtained the service in the fiscal year 2077/78 BS, the Centre said.
Office In-charge Dr Kopila Adhikari informed that number of service recipients has gradually increased with hefty rise in the use of Ayurveda medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She further said, “There used to be a higher number of people adopting Ayurveda treatment system after not being recovered through other treatment and medicines. Of late number of people first approaching Ayurveda has gone up”. According to Adhikari, the Centre has provided 23 types of Ayurveda medicines free of cost. Likewise, it has also operated other services including pharmacy, laboratory and video X-ray.
The Centre is running Yoga practice sessions from 5.00 am to 6.30 am every day. On every Tuesday, the Centre provides free of cost blood test service, including diabetes. A process has been put ahead for the construction of a 50-bed hospital on the Centre premises. She further informed that the construction of a building of the provincial medicine manufacturing Centre has completed and a process of equipment procurement and medicines manufacturing has advanced.
Director at Ayurveda Medicine Manufacturing Centre, Dr Suresh Maharjan said preparation was underway to manufacture 36 types of medicines and oil from 133 domestic herbal plants. At least 80 percent of the herbal plants are local, he added. At a press conference held on Thursday, Chairperson of Ratnanagar-1 Kul Prasad Sapkota said arrangement of additional land was made for the expansion of the Centre in coordination with the school.
He shared that the municipality was effortful to develop Ratnanagar as an Ayurveda treatment hub. Chairperson of Centre Operation and Management Committee, Rajendra Shrestha urged all sides to enhance services of the Ayurveda Centre.