Programme to incorporate ayurveda in rural women`s healthcare

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010, 00:00 AM IST

New Delhi: With an aim to ensure that
ayurveda is accessible to the rural community, especially
women, efforts are being made to make the discipline a part of
primary health centres and create awareness about it.

A programme has been conceptualized to create awareness,
clear myths and generate suggestions for policy formulations
for incorporating ayurveda in National Rural Healthcare
systems for women.

"We propose to understand the science and logic behind
traditional lifestyles and know the different options
available for affordable and alternative means of good health
for our rural populace," an NGO participating in a seminar on
ayurveda said.

A good example are the traditional `dais` or midwives who
have undoubtedly played a very significant role in human
resource development but little or not effort has been made to
upgrade their skills to meet new challenges, it said.

Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said
rural women not being so well-educated are dependent on local
health workers, governments’ hospitals and sometimes on the
information that trickles down to them from urban lifestyles.

The seminar also recognized the need to clear some myths
amongst both urban and rural women about some practices
related to women-specific lifestyles.