In a first, the Narendra Modi Goverment today issued a set of guidelines to standardise the quality of service at wellness platforms which include yoga and naturopathy centres among others.
The accreditation standard issued by the ministry of tourism has been formulated by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH).
NBH is a constituent board of Quality Council of India. It is an autonomous body set by the Government of India and Indian health Industry to cater to much desired needs of the consumers and to set benchmarks for progress of health industry.
It is set up to establish and operate accreditation programme for healthcare organisations.
It focuses on all aspects of service delivery like customer rights and education, infection control practises, trained and experienced staff, infrastructure, environment safety, processes and controls, statutory and regulatory compliances etc.
NABH is accrediting the wellness centres after evaluation of adherence to the quality standards laid.
Achievement of accreditation standards by a healthcare wellness organization, demonstrated through an independent external peer assessment of that organization’s level of performance in relation to standards. It is a voluntary Programme
A ‘Mark of Excellence’ will be provided to the accredited centres, which will provide confidence to the tourists and locals that the centres are providing services as per global standards and by credentialed staff(qualified and trained) and rights of customers are protected. Emphasis is given on infection control practices and environment safety aspects.
Wellness Centres include Spas, Ayurveda Centres, Yoga & Naturopathy Centres, Fitness Centres, Skin Care Centres etc.
To stonewall the deluge of such centres cropping up across the country, the accreditation, say ministry officials will raise community confidence in services provided by the organisation, stimulate continuous improvement of the organisation and provide an objective system of evaluation and empanelment by third parties.
The accreditation process would involve review of the documentation and two on-site visits by trained assessors from NABH. Communication will be maintained throughout the entire process between the applicant organisation and NABH, thereby making the entire process transparent. Renewal of accreditation has to be done every three years.
Accredited Wellness Centres and Accredited Ayurveda Hospitals will be privileged to Incentives for Accreditation, by Ministry of Tourism.
Wellness centres abiding by the guidelines will be listed on ‘Incredible India’ website with a link to their own web page, making it a credible destination for tourists. They will have the right to display NABH Mark of Excellence and the ministry of tourism approved logo at appropriate locations.
The centres will also be able to participate in the ministry’s road shows, nationally and internationally, and also receive financial support under the existing guidelines for Market Development Assistance (MDA) Scheme for Wellness Tourism Service Providers (WTSP).
Under this, financial assistance would be permissible on travel expenses by air from India to any other country and by air/rail from one country to another, in economy excursion class fair and/or charges of the built up furnished stall, electricity and water charges subject to a maximum of 75 per cent of the total expenditure or Rs 2 lakh, whichever is less under the WTSP.
For domestic events too, the ministry will provide financial support for four seminars/events in a financial year, with a ceiling of Rs 10 lakh each on a 50:50 sharing basis.
The accredited centres will also get financial support for developing publicity material with the ministry providing financial assistance of 67:33 sharing basis, subject to a ceiling of Rs 50 lakh a year.
Rajasthan is one of the states taking such new initiatives in making yoga and naturopathy more popular. Giving boost to Yoga, the state government has started construction of buildings for Yoga and naturopathy centres in 20 district headquarters.
Giving boost to Yoga, the state government has started construction of buildings for Yoga and naturopathy centres in 20 district headquarters.
The facilities for Panchkarm have already been started in 25 hospitals in the state, health minister Rajendra Rathore said, adding that Rajasthan has taken series of initiatives in promoting Yoga and Ayurveda in the state. Also, the number of seats for diploma in Yoga at Ayurveda University Jodhpur will be increased from 100 to 200. From the current session, the health department has increased seats from 50 to 100.
The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, abbreviated as AYUSH, is a governmental body in India purposed with developing, education and research in ayurveda (Indian traditional medicine).
The Ministry under its Central Sector Schemes of Information Education and Communication (IEC) and International Co-operation extends financial assistance to State Governments and other reputed Government/ Non Governmental Organizations/ Universities for conducting National/ International seminars/ workshops/ symposiums to promote Yoga & Naturopathy.
The Government encourages research on Yoga and Naturopathy by providing grants under Extra Mural Research scheme to research organizations to give further impetus to research.
Despite the fact that Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy is one of the smallest unit under Ministry of AYUSH, it is putting best possible efforts to conduct systematic and scientific research in the field of Yoga and Naturopathy to establish efficacy of these systems in the treatment and management of various diseases/disorders.
The main milestone during the year 2015-2016 by Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy was starting the process of establishment of two Post Graduate Institutes of Yoga & Naturopathy Education and Research with 200 bedded indoor hospital at Jhajjar, Haryana and Nagamangla, Karnataka. It is for the first time in the history of the Council that such an initiation has been taken.
Efforts are being made to utilize the finding of these scientific research studies in a cost effective manner for the needy and poor. The Council is taking all necessary measures for propagation and promotion of these systems in the country by involving voluntary / Govt. and Non-Govt. institutions.
Council has been taking all necessary measures and putting concerted efforts for promotion of Yoga & Naturopathy all over the country with active support and guidance of Ministry of AYUSH with its limited manpower and resources. Nevertheless, it is hoped that the activities of the Council will spread far and wide to reach the maximum people with support of the Govt./Non Govt. institutions.
The commencement of activities in Central Research Institute of Yoga & Naturopathy will further boost and accelerate the ongoing research activities of the systems to manifold.