Considering the demands and complaints of the All in Kerala, the state government has decided to give immense priority in the proposed health policy of the government for Siddha treatment system, almost equal to Ayurveda. Government plans to promote the system in the state providing support for establishing all kinds of infrastructure facilities.
The Siddha medical graduates’ major demand was to set up one public sector drug manufacturing unit for Siddha. The proposed health policy gives considerable significance to the demand for providing high quality medicines to the public health initiatives for which one exclusive Siddha drug manufacturing unit will be set up.
In the meantime to meet the demand, steps would be taken to equip the existing public sector drug manufacturing unit, Oushadhi to produce Siddha medicines.
Another important proposal for Siddha is that the department of Ayush will conduct one feasibility study for starting Siddha hospitals in district and taluk levels. Further, dispensaries would be started in a phased manner. Very shortly, the number of Siddha dispensaries would be increased.
Siddha system would be given significant emphasize in sports medicines also. Considering the scope of ‘Varma Maruthuvam’ in healing injuries to the energy points in the body, a separate wing for treating sports injuries and other similar traumatic emergencies would be explored through Siddha Varma Therapy.
Similarly efficacy study would be conducted to assess the scope of Siddha to start de-addiction centres. As part of establishing Ayush Infertility Centres, the potential of Siddha would be explored. The government has the mega proposal that a joint Ayush Fertility Centre and Intervention Programme would be launched to reduce the causes for high incidence of infertility in the state.
One Varma Research Institute would be started for Siddha system. Grant would be provided for research projects focusing on the efficacy of all Ayush systems in public health care.