All India Institute Of Ayurveda Highlights Role Of Ayurveda In Achieving SDG Targets

The institute, under Ministry of Ayush, Government of India, has carved a niche in integrative tertiary care since its inception in 2017

All India Institute Of Ayurveda (AIIA) is supporting India’s efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of ‘Good Health and Well Being’, while also stressing on the need to shift the focus towards prevention, rather than treatment.

While AIIA focusses on customised needs of patients as per their condition and advises corresponding Ayurvedic medication and therapy, modern medicine is sometimes required in emergency/chronic situations. To cater to such needs, the hospital has started six bedded Integrated Intensive Care Unit (Integrated ICU) equipped with advanced cardiac monitors, ventilators, defibrillator, ECG machine, Bipap machines, ABG machine, DVT pump etc. ICU is equipped with 24-hour pharmacy, Radiology and Lab support. One isolation bed has been placed to cater to infective and immunocompromised patients. Patients suffering from conditions like Chronic Liver Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Pneumonia, COVID and Post COVID, Hypertension, Neurological disorders, post-operative patients, sepsis, aplastic anemia, autoimmune diseases etc, are treated at the Integrated ICU using holistic Ayurveda therapy and modern medicines.

Chronic Liver disease patients are admitted in the ICU undergo ayurvedic therapies like Virechana, Bhasti and Vamana, besides regular modern procedures. Such integrative treatment for one kidney disease for a Grade 5 Chronic Kidney Disease patient resulted in a successful dialysis without any complications. Similarly, patients with aplastic anemia are managed through Ayurveda therapy and blood product transfusion as and when required. Anemic pregnant patients are managed with blood tranfusions along with Ayurveda therapy. Hypertensive emergency patients are managed with IV anti-hypertensive in ICU on day care basis, along with the support of Yoga and meditation.

During the second wave of Covid in India, AIIA established a Healthcare Ward to manage mild and moderate cases through integrative care. An expert panel of doctors from both Ayurveda and conventional medicine were stationed at the hospital to manage emergency cases. A mix of holistic and integrative management protocol including Yoga, diet, Ayurveda medication, counseling, and recreational activities along with Ayurvedic medicines, as well as conventional medicine support (as and when required) and modern diagnostic facilities, central oxygen supply, CCTV monitoring system, etc, resulted in a 99.5 per cent of recovery rate (excluding referral data). Overall, in a span of 11 months, around 600 patients admitted at AIIA were completely cured, demonstrating the power of integrative healthcare.

The National Health Policy (NHP) 2017 strongly advocates integrating Ayush systems into the National Health Mission. At the global level too, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended mainstreaming of complementary and traditional systems of medicine as an affordable and culturally acceptable way toward achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

"To achieve better patient outcomes and strengthen the medical health ecosystem in the country, AIIA is spearheading the adoption of integrated technology," Dr Tanuja Nesari, Director, AIIA.

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