The Ministry of Ayush actively participated in the “Ek Tareekh, Ek Ghanta, Ek Saath” initiative as part of the Swachhata Hi Seva Campaign on October 1, 2023. This nationwide effort encompassed Ayush national institutes, organizations, research councils, and various associated bodies. The National Commission of Indian System of Medicine (NCISM) and National Commission for Homoeopathy (NCH) mobilized over 750 colleges to join this campaign. Additionally, more than 8,000 Ayush health and wellness centers (AHWc’s) actively engaged in the one-hour cleanliness drive.
Union Minister of Ayush and Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, spearheaded a cleanliness drive in Dibrugarh, Assam, while Union Minister of Ayush, Dr. Mahendra Munjpara, participated in the campaign at Wadhwan Madhavav, Surendranagar district, Gujarat.
The Ministry of Ayush coordinated over 900 events nationwide, aiming to raise awareness about mental health, wellness, and the critical role of sanitation in overall health and well-being. This was complemented by the observance of Y-Break, further emphasizing holistic health. Shri Sarbananda Sonowal emphasized the significance of making cleanliness a lifelong habit, citing the positive impact of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s cleanliness initiative on national consciousness.
The Swacchata Hi Seva campaign by the Ayush Ministry saw various activities across India, including cleaning of premises, public places, and herbal gardens. Senior officials and members of the Ayush community also contributed to the cleanliness drive.
States and Union Territories actively participated in the Shramdaan activity at Ayush Health and Wellness Centers operational through the National Ayush Mission (NAM). The centers organized health Melas, creating awareness about mental health and sanitation as integral components of overall well-being. This initiative was part of the “Ayushman Bhav Abhiyan,” which focused on providing healthcare facilities in a comfortable environment, underscoring the government’s commitment to healthcare.
The Ministry, in order to ensure the success of this campaign, appointed a nodal officer at the Joint Secretary level to oversee the preparation and execution of activities held on October 1, 2023, across India. The theme for SHS 2023 was “Garbage Free India.”
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