Rs. 60.16-crore capacity expansion project commissioned at North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Homoeopathy

Shillong: Union Minister of Ayush and Ports, Shipping & Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated six new buildings as part of the Project II of North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Homoeopathy (NEIAH) to expand capacity. The cost of the construction of these new buildings is estimated at more than Rs. 60 crore.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sonowal said that expansion of this premier institute will be instrumental in furthering the role of traditional medicine in the region. "We see a huge role for integrative medicine in the healthcare solutions delivery system of the country in the forthcoming years. The investment made by the government through these new buildings will embolden our effort to rejuvenate traditional medicine in this region of the country," the Minister said.

NEIAH has witnessed a steady growth in patients as more and more people are experiencing better results at the hospital. In FY 2022-23, the hospital saw a footfall of 52,088 patients in its OPD clinics while 504 patients were admitted as IPD patients for healing & recovery. 

In Ayurveda, NEIAH saw a footfall of 36,683 patients at the OPD clinics as well as 482 patients admitted at the IPD section of the university. In Homoeopathy, the footfall in its OPD clinics were 19,397 patients while 22 patients got themselves admitted under it. As many as 35 health camps and 4 CME (Continuing Medical Education) Programmes were conducted by NEIAH during the period.

In academics, NEIAH has already enrolled six undergraduate batches into Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS) and Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine & Surgery (BHMS). From 50 students in 2016-17, the intake of students has now been increased to 63 per batch. The courses are affiliated to North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, Meghalaya.

The North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Homoeopathy (NEIAH) is an autonomous Institute under the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India. NEIAH was established to provide health care facilities to the people of North East Region and Sikkim under Ayurveda and Homoeopathy systems of medicine. The Institute is currently running one college of Ayurveda and one college of Homoeopathy along with its attached hospitals.The Institute also runs 60 bedded Ayurvedic and 20 bedded Homoeopathic Hospitals.

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