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Do you think the time is ripe for the government to invest heavily in R&D to develop the AYUSH system of medicine? Discuss.

Topic : Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

5. Do you think the time is ripe for the government to invest heavily in R&D to develop the AYUSH system of medicine? Discuss. (250  words )

Reference: Financial Express 

Why the question:

COVID-19 teaches the hard lessons that every country must have a competent system of medicine closely linked with research and development, because human health can only improve through innovation. Thus the context of the question.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss the need to bolster AYUSH system and emphasis on the need to integrate it with general system of medicine.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly comment on the AYUSH system of medicine and its importance in India.

Body:

AYUSH(Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy)- a system of alternative medicine, a form of “natural therapy”- claims to treat diseases for which allopathy, or Western medicine, currently offers no cure. Discuss then the need to bolster the system amidst testing times exposed by the pandemic, discuss the importance of R&D. Highlight steps that need to be taken.

Conclusion:

Conclude by pressing on the need to revive the system so as to make the health sector more robust and ready to face inevitabilities.