AYUSH milestone: Chandigarh's first hospital set for 2023 opening
Chandigarh anticipates inauguration of first AYUSH Hospital in the coming year
In 2019, the UT AYUSH department allocated ₹1.5 crore for the initial construction of Chandigarh's first AYUSH hospital in Sector 34, with an additional ₹72 lakh provided later. The eagerly awaited 50-bedded facility is now projected to be inaugurated in 2024, according to Rajesh Kotecha, the secretary of the Ministry of Ayurveda.
The project's first phase, designed for 25 beds, will initially offer services in ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, and homoeopathy. The subsequent phase aims to add 25 more beds, introducing unani and siddha techniques. However, the project has faced delays since 2019, hindering its progress.
Ayurveda Day celebrations and Global campaign
Union Minister of State for AYUSH, Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai, discussed the upcoming 8th Ayurveda Day on November 10 and highlighted the achievements of the AYUSH ministry in the last nine years. The Sector-34 integrated hospital is a pioneering initiative in Chandigarh, complementing AYUSH health and wellness centers providing outpatient services across the UT.
The Ayurveda for One Health campaign, drawing participants from around 100 countries, has garnered support from approximately 12 crore people. The campaign, facilitated by the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), has a dedicated micro-website to connect people globally.
Upcoming celebrations and distinguished guests
Haryana Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta is anticipated to preside over the main Ayurveda Day function, with Union AYUSH Minister Sarbananda Sonowal as the guest of honor. Union Minister of State for AYUSH Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai will also participate as a special guest in the two-day program, celebrating the global campaign on Ayurveda Day in Panchkula.