New Delhi, 23rd Feb, 2017: My press release during “World Unani Day” & “Hakim Ajmal Khan Global Awards 2016” presentation ceremony:

Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that traditional medicine systems of India including Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy and Naturopathy, which have ample opportunities and quality, are on the priority agenda of the Centre’s Modi Government.

On the occasion of “World Unani Day” & Hakim Ajmal Khan Global Awards 2016 presentation ceremony, Shri Naqvi said that the Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been working with an aim of making India one of the best “Medical Tourism Hub” of the world with all types of medical facilities.

Shri Naqvi said that Hakim Ajmal Khan had enormous contributions to development of Unani system of medicine. 
The Central Government had recently decided to declare February 11, the birthday of Hakim Ajmal Khan, as the “National Unani Day”.

Shri Naqvi said that our Government’s commitment is to provide best and affordable-accessible health care services to all. While on one side, our Government has been making our health services of world level, on the other hand we are also encouraging and promoting traditional centuries’ old medicine practices such as Unani, Homeopathy, Naturopathy etc.

Shri Naqvi said that to promote and make the people aware of this ancient medicine system, the Modi Government in 2014 formed a separate AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) Ministry. The Ministry was formed with an aim to provide focused attention for the development of education and research in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy.

Shri Naqvi said that this step of creating a separate AYUSH Ministry has helped in utilising the huge workforce of AYUSH doctors and other related professionals. The strategy of adopting latest medical system and promoting traditional medicine practices will help in improving health services in the country.

Shri Naqvi said that India has all the potentials to become a "Medical Tourism Hub" of the world and the Modi Government has taken several measures in this regard which include making the medical services affordable and accessible to all.

Shri Naqvi said that our Government has been working with a priority to strengthen our medical services which also include the Budget of thousands of crores of rupees. Shri Naqvi said that in a revolutionary step to provide affordable, quality heart related healthcare for all, the Central Government on 13 Feb, 2017 has issued a notification for fixing the ceiling prices of coronary stents.

The step would bring down the cost of coronary stents by about 380%. The ceiling prices of Bare Metal Stents (BMS), having 10% market share, has been capped at Rs 7,260 and Drug Eluting stents (DES), having 90% market share, at Rs 29,600. These prices are exclusive of VAT and other local taxes. Since most of the States have 5% VAT on stents, the MRP of BMS and DES would be Rs 7623 and Rs 31,080. National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has fixed the prices within 60 days as required.

The average MRP in the market for BMS was Rs 45,000 and for DES Rs 1,21,000. This has been reduced to Rs 7623 for BMS and Rs 31,080 for DES. Thus, based on price reduction, patients will get average benefit of 80-90 thousand per stent resulting into a gross relief of Rs 4450 crores in one year.