Medical Wing is collaborating with Ministry of AYUSH and Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India in their ongoing Nation Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardio-vascular Diseases and Stroke [NPCDCS] and AYUSH project for prevention and management of lifestyle related diseases.
India is experiencing a rapid health transition with a rising burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) like Cardiovascular diseases, Cancer, Chronic Respiratory Diseases, Diabetes and other that are estimated to account for around 60% of all deaths, thus making them the leading causes of death.
NCDs cause considerable loss in potentially productive years of life. Losses due to premature deaths related to heart diseases, stroke and Diabetes are also projected to increase over the years. In order to prevent and control major NCDs, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare had launched the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) in 2010.
AYUSH facilities and methodologies are being integrated with NPCDCS services for prevention and management of common NCDs in 2015. Three research organizations of the Ministry of AYUSH i.e. Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) and Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) are given the responsibility.
Yoga is a part as adjuvant therapy. Yoga as an intervention is being encouraged as an integral part of NCD prevention and management. The major objective of the programme is prevention and early diagnosis of these diseases; reduce complications; reduce drug dependency through these systems. It also aims towards capacity building for human resource development.
The districts in which the programme has been initiated are as below:
CCRAS – Bhilwara (Rajasthan), Surendranagar (Gujarat) and Gaya (Bihar).
CCRUM – Lahimpur Khiri (Uttar Pradesh)
CCRH – Krishna (Andhra Pradesh) and Darjeeling (West Bengal)