New Delhi, May 7 : Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik here on Thursday jointly launched clinical research studies on Ayurveda interventions as an add-on to standard care to COVID 19 situation and Ayush Sanjivani application.
The three studies, whose outcome would give understanding of the preventive potential of AYUSH interventions during pandemics like COVID 19 through scientific evidence, which were formally launched today were: Clinical research studies on Ayurveda interventions as prophylaxis and as an add-on to standard care to COVID 19, Ashwagandha for the Prophylaxis Against SARS-COV-2 in subjects with increased risk during the COVID 19 Pandemic and Population based interventional studies on impact of AYUSH based prophylactic interventions.
Speaking at the launch, Dr Harsh Vardhan said as India had a history of traditional medicine since long and was the pioneer in the field of Ayurveda, the Ministry of AYUSH is working to address the COVID 19 pandemic problem in the country through clinical studies (prophylactic and add-on interventions) of AYUSH systems. Through a graded, preemptive and proactive approach, Government of India was taking steps for prevention and containment of COVID-19.
These were being regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level. Participating in the programme through video conferencing from Goa, Mr Shripad Naik said the AYUSH ministry had taken initiatives to address the COVID 19 pandemic problem in the country through clinical studies (prophylactic and add-on interventions) of AYUSH systems and also studying the impact of AYUSH based prophylactic interventions in high risk population.
The ministry is also studying the impact of AYUSH advocacies and AYUSH measures for prevention of COVID 19 among the population. He said four clinical and population based studies were undertaken to find a better solution to the problem and to assess the role of AYUSH for prevention of the disease. AYUSH Secretary Vaidya Rajesh Kotech said the ministry has set up an inter-disciplinary Ayush R&D Task Force with a group of experts under the chairmanship of Dr Bhushan Patvardhan, Vice Chairman, University Grant Commission (UGC) to formulate and develop strategies for this initiative. AYUSH Joint Secretary P N Ranjit Kumar gave a presentation and explained in detail about three AYUSH-based studies related to COVID-19 giving details about development of the idea, crowdsourcing, making of the task force, alliance of various institutes like SGPGI, AIIMS, ICMR, CSIR and bringing the idea to reality.
Clinical research studies on Ayurveda interventions as prophylaxis and as an add-on to standard care to COVID 19: Collaborative clinical studies as a joint initiative of the Ministries of AYUSH, Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Science & Technology through Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) with technical support of ICMR.
The study, whose core objectives is to assess preventive potential of AYUSH interventions for COVID 19 and improvement in quality of life in high risk population, will be carried out through four Research Councils under the ministry and National Institutes in 25 states across the country and several State Governments covering approximately five lakh population. Ayush Sanjivani application based study for impact assessment of acceptance and usage of AYUSH advisories in its role in prevention of COVID 19, developed by the ministry to generate data of large population with a target of 5 million people. The core expected outcomes includes to generate data on acceptance and usage of AYUSH advocacies and measures among the population and its impact in prevention of COVID 19, an official release here said. (UNI)